Social Groups and Development
Essays in Developmental Psychology
Randall Summers, Charles Golden, Lisa Lashley, & Erica Ailes
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Children spend an increasing amount of time in social groups as they age. Preschoolers begin to interact with their peers around playsets, though at this stage, these early social groups are loosely organized. It is not until they reach school age that children begin to feel as true members of a peer group. A peer group interacts on a regular basis, provides a sense of belonging, has implicit or explicit norms, and has a hierarchical order. Within these groups, social status becomes important, with some members being more popular and having a greater social impact than others.
children, peer group interaction, preschoolers, social groups, social impact, social status, sociometric techniques
Lashley, L. K.,
Golden, C. J.
(2020). Social Groups and Development. Essays in Developmental Psychology.
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