The Company They Keep: Friendships in Childhood and Adolescence

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Friendship is one of life's most essential and rewarding forms of interaction--a feature of every culture that most persons experience daily. While most research efforts on friendship have concentrated on such issues as peer acceptance and dyadic properties, there has been little exploration of friendship's role in a child's social and emotional growth. The Company They Keep provides a forum in which a group of internationally recognized scholars presents the major conceptual issues, themes, goals, methodological strategies and findings from their research on friendship. Contributors explore a variety of topics, including cultural variations in childrens' and adolescents' friendships, the association between friendship and cognitive and personality development, the effect of friendship on adjustment, and the links between experience within the family and relationships with friends.
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"International scholars present the themes, findings, and major issues from their research on the nature of friendship and its significance in childhood and early adolescence. Early childhood professionals and graduate students will be especially interested..." Young Children

"International scholars present the themes, findings, and major issues from their research on the nature of friendship and its significance in childhood and early adolescence. Early childhood professionals and graduate students will be especially interested..." Young Children

" important contribution to the discipline....Recommended for all levels of readers." Choice

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1. Friendships and their significance in childhood and adolescence: introduction and comment William M. Bukowski, Andrew F. Newcomb and Willard W. Hartup; Part I. The Nature of Friendship, its Measurement and Development: 2. Amicitia, drujba, shin-yu, philia, freund, friendship: on the cultural diversity of a human relationship Lothar Krappmann; 3. The measurement of friendship perceptions: conceptual and methodological issues Wyndol Furman; 4. The earliest friendships Carollee Howes; 5. Determinants of friendship selection and quality: developmental perspectives Frances E. Aboud and Morton J. Mendelson; Part II. Interdependence of Relationship Systems: 6. Parents' interpersonal relationships and children's friendships Anna Beth Doyle and Dorothy Markiewicz; 7. Individual differences in friendship quality: links to child-mother attachment Kathryn A. Kerns; 8. Need fulfilment, interpersonal competence, and the developmental contexts of early adolescent friendship Duane Buhrmester; 9. Closeness and conflict in adolescent peer relationships: interdependence with friends and romantic partners Brett Laursen; Part III. Friendship and its Relations to Other Aspects of Development: 10. Cooperation, close relationships, and cognitive development Willard W. Hartup; 11. Friendship and morality: (how) are they related? William M. Bukowski and Lorrie K. Sippola; 12. Friendships of maltreated children and adolescents: contexts for expressing and modifying relationship history Joseph M. Price; Part IV. Friendship and Adaption: 13. The developmental significance of children's friendship relations Andrew F. Newcomb and Catherine L. Bagwell; 14. Linkages between friendship and adjustment during early school transitions Gary W. Ladd and Becky J. Kochenderfer; 15. Exploring the effects of friendship quality on social development Thomas J. Berndt; 16. Distinguishing friendship from acceptance: implications for intervention and assessment Steven R. Asher, Jeffrey G. Parker and Diane Walker.
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