Changes in Peer-Directed Behaviors Following Preschool Experience

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Developmental psychologists attribute great importance to the role of peers in the growth of social skills. In a series of studies, the effect of preschool experience on peer interactions was examined. Results suggest that exposure to peers on a daily basis in preschool led to increases in rates of dispensing positive and neutral behaviors and receiving neutral behaviors. The data support a mere-exposure theory of social interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)740-745
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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