This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.


Children's friendships and social relations have been the focus of attention since at least the 1930s when developmental psychologists began to use sociometric research techniques to discover the patterning of children's relationships with their peers. Concern over children who appeared to be social isolates within a group, or children whose friendships appeared unstable, stimulated researchers to plot out their interrelationships by noting down peer-group interactions. The resultant network diagrams were said to provide a visible representation of the ebb and flow of children's alliances with one another and thereby to reveal which children required interventions to assist them with making friends. However, as Mannarino (1980) has argued, there are sometimes problems with research of this kind. Depending ...

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