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Early peer interaction

Early peer interaction - o Early peer interaction Infants...

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o Early peer interaction Infants and toddlers Contagion – if one baby cries, other babies will cry Arousal – peers become very interested in one another Reciprocal imitation – coordination of efforts with the play partner o Shared meaning allows for pretend play Childhood Children begin to prefer peers over adults Homophyly – preference for peers that are similar to one’s self o Role of peers in socialization Reinforce behaviors Serve as models, guides, and instructors Used for social comparison (evaluating one’s character in comparison to someone else) o Gender segregation 3-4 years of age prefer same sex friendships Around 12 this changes Friendships o Friends – individuals who spend time together, feel affection for each other, and exhibit a give-and-take relationship (reciprocity) o Factors in friend choice Proximity Age Sex Race Similarities o Stages of friendship Play based 3-7 Proximity
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