Peer Relations Article Review by Writing Specialists

Peer Relations
This paper analyzes the study "Peer Relations In Childhood," by Dale F. Hay, Alexandra Payne, and Andrea Chadwick.
# 92057 | 750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper is an overview and critique of the typology, assumptions and justification of a 2004 research study regarding peer relations. In this article, the writer points out that the study examines the process of developing positive and negative peer relations amongst infants and children of early, middle and late childhood. The writer notes that in this research it is demonstrated that although current culture tends to value independence, it is also critical that children are able to form positive peer relations that are not stymied by inhibition or aggression. The writer concludes by looking at the authors' view that even if conformity is not the aim, recognizing the existence and needs of another person is important for normal social development and for society as a whole.

From the Paper:

"Children's relationships with peers begins literally in the cradle, anyone in a room full of infants will notice, even anecdotally, the phenomenon of "contagious crying" described by the authors. Rather than a mere annoyance, however, such contingent responses to peers are a crucial aspect of socialization, as it demonstrates the child's ability to engage in cooperation and sharing responses with others. Also, early responses to more familiar peers in a more positive way, and later, amongst one-year-olds of competitiveness, often show how common patterns in socialization emerge even in pre-verbal children. Also, infants exhibit various degrees of competency in these mimicking responses. Research also shows that shyer toddlers or children who find it more difficult to emotionally regulate their responses towards their peers, and who fail to imitate their peers in a complementary fashion in a way that recognizes the other party as a social agent are more likely to show aggressive and/or asocial behavior."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hay, Dale F. Alexandra Payne, &Andrea Chadwick. Dale F. (2004) "Peer Relations in Childhood." Journal of Childhood Psychology and Psychiatry. 45: 1. 2004. Pp.84-103.

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Peer Relations (2007, February 12) Retrieved November 27, 2022, from

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"Peer Relations" 12 February 2007. Web. 27 November. 2022. <>