Peer Rejection in Everyday Life

Steven R. Asher, Amanda J. Rose and Sonda W. Gabriel

in Interpersonal Rejection

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847761 | DOI:
Peer Rejection in Everyday Life

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Rejection among children is the central topic in this part. Elementary-school students are the subjects of the comprehensive research, which discusses an extensive list of rejection behaviors that will unfold and explain aspects of early childhood development. Analysis was derived from the examination of ways (through the cited dialogues between students) in which to express non-affirmation. The study employed rating scales that measured the likelihood of a child to initiate a game with or engage in the same activity as another child. Results show that while there are children who are popularly admired in the campus, there are those who are generally hated by their peers. The second group of kids is termed as the sociometrically “rejected.” Apparent reasons of dislike consist of social involvement, level of aggression, submissiveness tendencies, withdrawal instances, sense of humor, academic excellence, and athletic competitiveness.

Keywords: peer rejection; childhood; affirmation; rating scales; sociometer

Chapter.  15258 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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