Peer Rejection: Developmental Processes and Intervention Strategies

This book takes a developmental perspective and focuses on understanding and treating peer rejection in middle childhood during the critical grade school years when core social skills and attitudes develop, although some of the material is also relevant to younger children and to adolescents. The book is divided into three general parts, focusing on understanding problematic peer relations (Chapters 1-4), assessment strategies (Chapters 5-9), and intervention methods (Chapters 10-14). Part I provides a brief summary of an extensive body of research that has explored the causes, correlates, and consequences of peer rejection. Interview excerpts and case examples illustrate some of the various forms that peer rejection processes can take during the grade school years, and the impact of those experiences on social-emotional development. Part II describes assessment strategies, with an emphasis on assessments for intervention design and evaluation. Part III focuses on intervention strategies, and highlights developmental and clinical research that provides guidance to the design of effective social competence coaching programs. A major goal of this book is to highlight the importance of integrating developmental research on peer rejection processes with the design and evaluation of interventions for rejected children--an interface that will support further advances in both theoretical and applied domains. On the one hand, familiarity with developmental research can inform intervention design, contributing to more sophisticated and effective intervention strategies. On the other hand, significant research is usually produced by persons who have acquired insights as a function of close familiarity with a phenomenon. Intervention efforts provide this familiarity, as they involve sustained personal contact with rejected children and offer opportunities to observe, and test empirically, processes of change. This book is designed to provide a comprehensive and critical appraisal of the empirical literature on peer rejected children and peer rejection processes, and of its implications for intervention design and evaluation. I hope that it will serve both to clarify the current state of knowledge in this area, and also to stimulate further inquiry and progress in this field.



Work Title Peer Rejection: Developmental Processes and Intervention Strategies
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  1. Karen Bierman
  1. Peer relations
  2. Social skill training
  3. Child development
  4. Intervention
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Work Type Book
  1. The Guilford Press
Publication Date 2004
Deposited March 07, 2023




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