Social Networks of Children, Adolescents, and College Students

By Suzanne Salzinger; John Antrobus et al. | Go to book overview
Save to active project

3
Individual Differences in Style of Language Acquisition in Relation to Social Networks

June Hampson C. U. N. Y. The Graduate School and University Center


INTRODUCTION

In their seminal paper assessing the many direct and indirect influences that members of the wider social network can exert on the developing child, Cochran and Brassard ( 1979) deplored the paucity of studies that had included social networks as a major variable. Although social network studies have received increased attention as researchers have expanded their conception of the child's social world, most studies have focused on middle childhood (e.g., Bryant, 1985), often in school settings (e.g., Ladd, 1983). Those few studies that have addressed the influence of social networks on preschoolers and infants have attempted to assess the indirect influence of the maternal social network on early development, such as the buffering effect of a supportive network against maternal stress ( Crnic, Greenburg, Ragozin, Robinson, & Basham, 1983). Ladd ( 1984) has exhorted developmental psychologists studying social networks to go beyond merely mapping networks to attempting to relate social networks to important developmental outcomes. The two chapters in this volume focused on language development seek to examine the direct influence of the child's own social network on the child's development by examining one of the major transitions of the preschool period.

While the role of peer relationships in the emergence of children's social skills has received attention (see, for example, Eckerman & Stein, 1982; Goldman & Ross, 1978; Mueller & Brenner, 1977) most work on language development has restricted itself, in contrast, to the mother-child dyad, examining dimensions of the mother's speech in relation to the child's. Apart from a few studies that have focused on the input of fathers ( Giattino &

-37-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Social Networks of Children, Adolescents, and College Students
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 322

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?