Peer relations and the understanding of faux pas: longitudinal evidence for bidirectional associations

Banerjee, Robin, Watling, Dawn and Caputi, Marcella (2011) Peer relations and the understanding of faux pas: longitudinal evidence for bidirectional associations. Child Development, 82 (6). pp. 1887-1905. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

Research connecting childrens understanding of mental states to their peer relations at school remains scarce. Previous work by the authors demonstrated that childrens understanding of mental states in the context of a faux pasa social blunder involving unintentional insult is associated with concurrent peer rejection. The present report describes a longitudinal follow-up investigation of 210 children from the original sample, aged 56 or 89 years at Time 1. The results support a bidirectional model suggesting that peer rejection may impair the acquisition of faux pas understanding, and also that, among older children, difficulties in understanding faux pas predict increased peer rejection. These findings highlight the important and complex associations between social understanding and peer relations during childhood

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 849GD Times Cited:1 Cited References Count:99
Keywords: of-mind development false-belief individual-differences social competence executive function pretend play preschool-children 2nd-order beliefs early-childhood verbal-ability
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Robin Banerjee
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 14:02
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2013 09:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42293

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