Peer relationships across the preschool to school transition

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dc.contributor.author Quinn, Marian
dc.contributor.author Hennessy, Eilis
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-17T15:46:05Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-17T15:46:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC en
dc.date.issued 2010-11
dc.identifier.citation Early Education and Development en
dc.identifier.issn 1040-9289 print
dc.identifier.issn 1556-6935 online
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2663
dc.description.abstract Research Findings: The aim of this longitudinal study was to explore peer relationships across the transition from preschool to school. Participants were 35 (17 male) children attending the Irish preschool initiative Early Start (M age = 49.31 months). Sociometric measures were employed on two occasions; at the end of preschool and in the first year of school. Results indicated that most preschoolers (83%) had at least one mutual friend and by school age, all children had at least one mutual friend. Almost one third (29%) of preschools and school age children had a mutual best friend. Notably, all children made new friends in school. In addition, a number of friendships (18%) survived the preschool to school transition. Correlational analysis also suggests some stability in peer relationships from preschool into the first year of school. Exploratory multiple regression analyses observed that preschool peer variables predicted friendship status and social preference in school. Furthermore, best friendship in preschool uniquely predicted friendship in school, and best friend status in school was uniquely associated with social preference in school . Practice: Results have implications for parents’ and early educators’ promotion of children’s friendships during the transition from preschool to school. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
dc.format.extent 127488 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/msword
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.relation.requires Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine Research Collection en
dc.subject Peer relationships en
dc.subject Friendship en
dc.subject Preschool en
dc.subject School transition en
dc.subject Early education en
dc.subject.lcsh Friendship in children--Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Preschool--Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Primary--Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Child development en
dc.title Peer relationships across the preschool to school transition en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10409280903329013
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 21 en
dc.identifier.issue 6 en
dc.identifier.startpage 825 en
dc.identifier.endpage 842 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/10409280903329013
dc.neeo.contributor Quinn|Marian|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Hennessy|Eilis|aut|
dc.description.admin Embargo until 6th May 2012 - AV 16/12/2010 MAP to Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine WHEN EMBARGO ENDS en
dc.internal.rmsid 143442745


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