publication . Article . 2012

Longitudinal effects of theory of mind on later peer relations: The role of prosocial behavior.

Caputi, Marcella; Lecce, Serena; Pagnin, Adriano; Banerjee, Robin;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Children's peer relations represent a key aspect of school adjustment. However, little is known about their social-cognitive precursors. To address this gap, the authors followed 70 children across the transition to primary school. At Time 1 (age 5), Time 2 (age 6), and Time 3 (age 7), children were assessed on their theory of mind, prosocial behavior, and verbal ability. In addition, at Time 2 and at Time 3, the authors gathered peer nominations. Results supported the authors' mediational hypothesis of indirect paths from early theory of mind to subsequently lower peer rejection and higher peer acceptance, via improvements in prosocial behavior. The authors dis...
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free text keywords: Life-span and Life-course Studies, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Demography, Prosocial behavior, Peer relations, Social psychology, Peer feedback, Theory of mind, Psychology, Social relation, Peer group, Developmental psychology, Rejection (Psychology), Social cognition
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