Cognitive Perspectives on Children's Social and Behavioral Development

Cognitive Perspectives on Children's Social and Behavioral Development

Cognitive Perspectives on Children's Social and Behavioral Development

Cognitive Perspectives on Children's Social and Behavioral Development

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Kenneth H. Rubin University of Waterloo

Linda Rose Krasnor Brock University

Experimenter: "Now let's see; can we pretend that a new kid has come into town and that you would like to be friends with her/him? What could you do or say so that s/he will become friends with you?

Child A's Response: (A normal 5-year-old female): "You wanna be my friend? I'll let you sleep in my bed."

Child B's Response: (A withdrawn and socially rejected 8-year-old boy): "Can you teach me how to be your friend?"

Child C's Response: (A normal 8-year-old girl): "That's a neat pair of jeans. How'd you like to come over and play at my house? I've got lots of Barbie dolls.

(Two children in the Rubin backyard, Summer 1983)

Joshua: (A 3-year-old male): "Hey Cara; you wanna be my friend?" friend?"

Cara (A 4-year-old female): "No!"

Joshua: "Yes?"

Cara: "No! "

Joshua: "Yes!"

Cara: "No!"

Joshua: "Yes, you're gonna be my friend!"

Cara: "No!"

Joshua: (Runs towards Cara's mother) "Hey, Marianne, Cara won't be my..."

Cara: "I'm your friend; I'll be your friend! . . ."

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