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Affective dynamics in triadic peer interactions in early childhood.

Abstract

In interpersonal interaction research, moving beyond dyadic to triadic dynamics can be analytically daunting. We explored the affective states expressed during triadic peer interactions to understand how patterns were associated with childhood psychopathology and sociometric status. High-risk kindergarten children (N = 216) were observed in several groups of three during a free play task. We extended the state space grid technique to 3-dimensional analysis in order to derive variables of interest. Unlike results from parent-child dyadic interactions, triadic affective variability was not strongly associated with externalizing or internalizing problems. However, several triadic affective states were distinguished by externalizing, internalizing, and sociometric status, most commonly mutually aversive affect. Strengths and limitations of this methodology in relation to understanding peer triadic interactions are discussed.

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  • Authors

    Lavictoire LA, Snyder J, Stoolmiller M, Hollenstein T

    Institution

    Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada.

    Source

    Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences 16:3 2012 Jul pg 293-312

    MeSH

    Affect
    Analysis of Variance
    Child
    Child Behavior
    Child Behavior Disorders
    Child, Preschool
    Cohort Studies
    Female
    Humans
    Internal-External Control
    Interpersonal Relations
    Male
    Parent-Child Relations
    Peer Group
    Play and Playthings
    Socioeconomic Factors

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22695150