A social relations analysis of young children's trust in their peers across the early years of school

Betts, L.R. ORCID: 0000-0002-6147-8089 and Rotenberg, K.J., 2008. A social relations analysis of young children's trust in their peers across the early years of school. Social Development, 17 (4), pp. 1039-1055. ISSN 1467-9507

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Abstract

Two hundred and five (103 female and 102 male) children enrolled in school years 1 and 2 in the United Kingdom (mean age 6 years 1 month at Time 1) were tested twice over a 1-year period. The children reported the promise keeping and secret keeping behaviours of classmates (all peers and same-gender peers) and provided friendship nominations (Time 2 only). Round robin social relations analyses for all peers and same-gender peers revealed: (a) perceiver variance, demonstrating consistent individual differences in trust beliefs in peers; (b) target variance, demonstrating consistent individual differences in eliciting trust from peers; and, (c) dyadic reciprocity, demonstrating reciprocal trust between individuals. Replicability across measures, stability, and cross-measure stability of these effects were found for all peers only. As hypothesised, the perceiver and target effects of trust were associated with the number of friendships. The findings support the concl usion that young children demonstrate multiple components of trust in dyadic relationships, which are associated with their social relationships.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Social relations analysis of children's trust [running title]
Publication Title: Social Development
Creators: Betts, L.R. and Rotenberg, K.J.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 2008
Volume: 17
Number: 4
ISSN: 1467-9507
Identifiers:
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10.1111/j.1467-9507.2008.00479.xDOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:56
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:45
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20313

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