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Young children’s prosocial and aggressive behaviors and their experiences of being targeted for similar behaviors by peers

Persson, Gun LU (2005) In Social Development 14(2). p.206-228
Abstract
Children’s target experiences (as recipients of prosocial peer acts and victims of peer aggression) were investigated for their concurrent and longitudinal associations with prosocial and aggressive behavior. Forty-four children (initially 22–40 months) were observed in naturalistic interactions with peers during a two-month period for each of three consecutive years. Results revealed no consistency over time in children’s experiences as targets for aggressive or prosocial peer acts, although there was some indication that altruistic target experiences may be stable from the end of the preschool period. Early behavior appeared to affect the way children were later treated by peers, but no support was found for the idea that early target... (More)
Children’s target experiences (as recipients of prosocial peer acts and victims of peer aggression) were investigated for their concurrent and longitudinal associations with prosocial and aggressive behavior. Forty-four children (initially 22–40 months) were observed in naturalistic interactions with peers during a two-month period for each of three consecutive years. Results revealed no consistency over time in children’s experiences as targets for aggressive or prosocial peer acts, although there was some indication that altruistic target experiences may be stable from the end of the preschool period. Early behavior appeared to affect the way children were later treated by peers, but no support was found for the idea that early target experiences influence later behavior. Prosocial behavior was concurrently and longitudinally associated with prosocial target experiences. Aggressive behavior reduced the likelihood of children being targets of prosocial peer behavior and, over time, also of their being targets of peers’ aggression. (Less)
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10.1111/j.1467-9507.2005.00299.x
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  author       = {Persson, Gun},
  issn         = {0961-205X},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {206--228},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Social Development},
  title        = {Young children’s prosocial and aggressive behaviors and their experiences of being targeted for similar behaviors by peers},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9507.2005.00299.x},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2005},
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