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When trust fails: the relation between children's trust beliefs in peers and their peer interactions in a natural setting.

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Abstract

One hundred and forty-nine 8-11 year-old children (86 males; M?=?9 years - 4 months and SD?=?7 months) from the UK were administered the Trust Beliefs in Peers scale and were observed in the playground over one school year. Quadratic relations were found between trust beliefs in peers and peer interaction, which varied by gender. Compared to girls with the middle range of trust beliefs, girls with very low beliefs and those with very high beliefs (a) were less accepted/more rejected by the peer group (i.e., lower group interaction, and greater negatively received bids), (b) showed greater indirect aggression (engaged in and received), (c) showed greater non-engagement (i.e., being alone), and (d) showed greater concomitant distress. Compared to children with the middle range of trust beliefs, children with those extreme trust beliefs in peers demonstrated greater direct aggression (engaged in and received) and showed passive behavior (for boys only). The findings supported the conclusion that children, primarily girls, who trust peers too little and those who trust too much are at risk for psychosocial maladjustment.

Citation

(2014). When trust fails: the relation between children's trust beliefs in peers and their peer interactions in a natural setting. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-013-9835-8

Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2014
Publication Date Aug 1, 2014
Journal J Abnorm Child Psychol
Print ISSN 1573-2835
Pages 967 - 980
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-013-9835-8
Keywords Children, Trust beliefs, Social behavior, Peers, Playground, Gender
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-013-9835-8

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