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Peer Groups And Your Child

How Peer Groups Affect Kids


Sociometric statuses provide a way of understanding how kids fit into their peer groups. As a parent, you can estimate your child’s peer group acceptance and sociometric status based on your observations of him with his peers. Here are the five most commonly discussed sociometric statuses.

1. Neglected Child

A child who mentions few friends and has little or no social interactions after school may be categorized as “neglected.” As long as there are no obvious signs of ostracism, chances are that he’ll make friends with time.

2. Rejected Child

Children who are rejected often seem deeply hurt and may show signs of depression and/or aggression. Being rejected by peers may last for a long while, and the pain of ostracism can persist even after peers begin to accept the child.

3. Controversial Child

Controversial children have at least one best friend and may have a number of other close friends. Simultaneously, though, they have a number of enemies. Signs of aggression are also a tip-off of a possible “controversial” sociometric status.

4. Popular Child

If your child has many friends, she may be considered “popular.” These kids are usually widely liked by their peer groups.

5. Average Child

A child who has a best friend and some other friends, but who also has some people she doesn’t get along with may be an “average” child in terms of peer acceptance. These kids have few negative attributes and tend to do just fine in school and beyond.

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