Handbook of Peer Interactions, Relationships, and Groups

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Kenneth H. Rubin, William M. Bukowski, Brett Paul Laursen
Guilford Press, 2009 - Psychology - 654 pages
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This comprehensive, authoritative handbook covers the breadth of theories, methods, and empirically based findings on the ways in which children and adolescents contribute to one another's development. Leading researchers review current knowledge on the dynamics of peer interactions and relationships from infancy through adolescence. Topics include methods of assessing friendship and peer networks; early romantic relationships; individual differences and contextual factors in children's social and emotional competencies and behaviors; group dynamics; and the impact of peer relations on achievement, social adaptation, and mental health. Salient issues in intervention and prevention are also addressed.

 

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Contents

critical Issues and theoretical Viewpoints
3
legacies and lessons for our time?
20
Social behaviors interactions Relationships
43
Methods for Investigating childrens relationships with friends
63
sociometric Methods
82
Identifying naturally occurring social networks and capturing their effects
100
the beginnings of Peer relations
121
Peer Interactions and Play in early childhood
143
adolescent romantic relationships and experiences
341
Informal Peer Groups in Middle childhood and adolescence
361
sex differences in Peer relationships
379
race and ethnicity in Peer relations research
394
neighborhood contexts of Peer relationships and Groups
414
Peer Interactions and relationships from a crosscultural Perspective
432
Genetic factors in childrens Peer relations
455
temperament self regulation and Peer social competence
473

socialemotional competence in early childhood
162
friendship in early childhood
180
affiliation and dominance in Preschool Groups
195
friendship as Process function and outcome
217
the behavioral basis of acceptance rejection and Perceived Popularity
232
social exclusion in childhood and adolescence
249
conflict in Peer relationships
267
relational and Physical aggression in Group and dyadic contexts 287 Nicki R Crick Dianna MurrayClose Peter E L Marks
287
avoiding and Withdrawing from the Peer Group
303
bullies Victims and bullyVictim relationships in Middle childhood and early adolescence
322
childParent attachment relationships Peer relationships and PeerGroup functioning
490
family Influences on childrens Peer relationships
508
Peers and academic functioning at school
531
Peer reputations and Psychological adjustment
548
the role of friendship in child and adolescent Psychosocial development
568
Peer contagion in development Interventions and schools
589
social skills training to Improve Peer relations
603
author Index
622
subject Index
640
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Kenneth H. Rubin, PhD, is Professor of Human Development and Director of the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture at the University of Maryland. His research interests include children?s peer and family relationships and their social and emotional development. Dr. Rubin is the recipient of a Killam Research Fellowship (Canada Council) and an Ontario Mental Health Senior Research Fellowship, is past president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, and has published 11 books and over 240 peer-reviewed chapters and articles. He is a Fellow of the Canadian and American Psychological Associations and the Association for Psychological Science.

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William M. Bukowski, PhD, is Professor and University Research Chair in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is also the Director of the interuniversity Centre for Research in Human Development, based in Quebec. His research program focuses on the factors that influence the features and effects of peer relations in early adolescence. Dr. Bukowski is past editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Development.

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Brett Laursen, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Training at Florida Atlantic University. His research focuses on parent-child and peer relationships during childhood and adolescence and the influence of these relationships on individual social and academic adjustment. Dr. Laursen is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 7, Developmental) and a Fellow and Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. He is currently editor of the Methods and Measures section of the International Journal of Behavioral Development. A Docent Professor of Social Developmental Psychology at the University of Jyv?skyl?, Finland, he is also a member of the Finnish Center of Excellence in Learning and Motivation Research.

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