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What causes peer rejection in early childhood?

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What causes peer rejection in early childhood? Can cultural differences account for peer rejection? If so, what are these cultural differences and how do they lead to peer rejection? Provide empirical evidence.

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This solution provides a brief discussion of the causes of peer rejection. Empirical evidence is briefly explored.

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Since children's social behaviors are often different across cultures, it is reasonable to assume that ethnicity might be a cause for peer rejection. It seems likely that peers would actively avoid a child in preschool or childcare who plays and communicates in very distinct ways. Research findings on peer acceptance and culture provide a cloudy picture, however.

Early studies indicted that young children do show same-race preferences in the selection of friends and playmates (Jarrett & Quay, 1983). These biases seem to become stronger in the elementary years (Asher, et al., 1982). Interestingly, same-race preferences ...

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