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Asymmetrical balance of power in preadolescents' mutual friendships

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Show simple item record Belbin, Wendy E. en_US 2009-07-09T17:31:44Z 2009-07-09T17:31:44Z 2001-07-09T17:31:44Z
dc.description.abstract Dyadic friendShip' asymmetry was examined in relation to gender, friendship quality, and friendship status. Sixty-nine grade five children and their mutual, same-sex, friends participated in a laboratory session comprised ofvarious activities and completed questionnaires to identify mutual friends and evaluate friendship quality. Asymmetry of power was assessed observationally during an origami task. Variations in balance of power were evident in children's friendships. Boys' dyads had significantly greater levels of asymmetry than girls' dyads. Regardless of gender, asymmetry was associated with lower friendship quality, particularly as indexed by validation and caring and conflict resolution. Asymmetry was unrelated to differences in friendship status. Furthermore, relative individual power within the friendship was not related to individual perceptions offriendship quality. The implications ofthese findings in the theoretical and empirical literature were considered and suggestions for future research were made. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Friendship--Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject Friendship in children--Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.title Asymmetrical balance of power in preadolescents' mutual friendships en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US M.A. Psychology en_US Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Psychology en_US

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