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Does peer group membership relate to sociodramatic play engagement? A social ethological approach.

Authors
  • Malloy, Caitlin1
  • 1 Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
International journal of psychology : Journal international de psychologie
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2021
Volume
56
Issue
5
Pages
716–720
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12752
PMID: 33686689
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Engagement in sociodramatic play has been shown to positively impact young children's learning and development. By definition, this type of social play occurs in groups; however, research to date has primarily sought to understand sociodramatic play engagement by focusing on individual factors. Little work has considered the role of the peer group in sociodramatic play engagement. This concurrent correlational study investigated relations between types of peer group membership and the amount of children's sociodramatic play engagement, using hierarchical cluster analyses, chi-square tests and multiple regression to analyse naturalistic data of preschoolers' free play. Findings suggest that membership in a highly cohesive peer subgroup may be important for sociodramatic play engagement. This study illustrates how social ethological perspectives can be useful for understanding social play in early childhood. © 2021 International Union of Psychological Science.

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