Masters Thesis

Predicting preschooler acceptance: evaluating the role of ethnicity

When examining the literature on the prediction of a child’s acceptance little previous work is found. Previous friendship literature has focused on social competence, intelligence, physical appearance, aggression, ethnicity, personality, and social dominance separately while the current project aims to form a more integrated approach to these variables. Forty-four children representing two different classrooms were interviewed in Bakersfield, California. Parent and teacher questionnaires were administered to gather additional information on children’s social functioning. T-tests and factor analyses found differences in how Caucasian and Hispanic children function socially. The current study found differences between these two ethnic groups, however further study is needed to better understand why differences occur.

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