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The Influence of Group Size on Children's Competitive Behavior
Joyce F. Benenson, Catherine Nicholson, Angela Waite, Rosanne Roy and Anna Simpson
Vol. 72, No. 3 (May - Jun., 2001), pp. 921-928
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1132464
Page Count: 8
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The present research was designed to test the hypothesis that children would compete more in tetrads than in dyads. Twenty-two pairs of male and 14 pairs of female target children (N = 72) played a competitive game in both tetrads and dyads. Consistent with the hypothesis, male target children competed more in tetrads than in dyads. This hypothesis was not supported for females, however. Analyses of the dynamics of tetrads and dyads further demonstrated that based on a global measure of smiling, the emotional atmosphere was less positive in tetrads than in dyads. The causes and consequences of interaction in different sized social groups are discussed.
Child Development © 2001 Society for Research in Child Development