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Age and sex differences in dyadic and group interaction.

Authors
  • Benenson, J F
  • Apostoleris, N H
  • Parnass, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Developmental psychology
Publication Date
May 01, 1997
Volume
33
Issue
3
Pages
538–543
Identifiers
PMID: 9149932
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study examined age and sex differences in dyadic and group interaction in a standardized setting. Seven classes of 4-year-old children and 6 classes of 6-year-old children participated. From these classes, 13 male playgroups and 13 female playgroups were formed. The playgroups were videotaped, and frequencies of dyadic and group interaction were tabulated. Results showed that boys and girls at both ages engaged in similar frequencies but different patterns of dyadic interaction. Only 6-year-old boys, however, interacted in groups. The discussion considers the etiology of these age and sex differences.

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