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Citation

Chen X, Tse HC. Dev. Psychol. 2008; 44(4): 1184-1189.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. xchen@uwo.ca

Copyright

(Copyright © 2008, American Psychological Association)

DOI

10.1037/0012-1649.44.4.1184

PMID

18605844

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine social functioning and adjustment in peer context in Chinese Canadian and European Canadian children. A sample of elementary school children participated in the study. Data on social functioning, peer acceptance and rejection, and victimization were collected from peer assessments and sociometric nominations. The results indicated that Chinese Canadian children were viewed by peers as less aggressive-disruptive than European Canadian children. Chinese Canadian girls, but not boys, were more shy-sensitive than their European Canadian counterparts. Sociability was associated with peer acceptance, whereas aggression was associated with peer rejection and victimization. Shyness was associated with peer relationship difficulties more evidently in European Canadian children than in Chinese Canadian children. These results indicate the relevance of ethnic background to children's peer social experiences.


Language: en

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