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Positive Social Reinforcement in the Nursery School Peer Group

Rosalind Charlesworth and Willard W. Hartup
Child Development
Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 1967), pp. 993-1002
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127097
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127097
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

An observational method was devised for obtaining normative information on the amount and kinds of positive social reinforcement dispensed by preschool-age children to each other in nursery school. Data were collected in 4 preschool classes. It was found that children in the older groups reinforced their peers at a significantly higher rate than those in the younger groups and that the amount of reinforcement given was positively related to the amount received. Reinforcement was dispensed in a higher proportion when a child was engaged in dramatic play activity than when he was engaged in other pursuits (such as art, music, or table games). About half the reinforcements were given in response to overtures from the recipients and half spontaneously. The consequence of reinforcement was, in largest proportion, the continuation of the recipient's activity at the time of reinforcement.

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