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Popular, Neglected and Rejected Children

What makes some children popular with their peers, while other children are either neglected or rejected by their peers? Compare and contrast the characteristics and behavioral styles of the three types of children talked about in developmental research e.g. popular, neglected and rejected children. Provide empirical evidence.

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1. What makes some children popular with their peers, while other children are either neglected or rejected by their peers? Compare and contrast the characteristics and behavioral styles of the three types of children talked about in the developmental research e.g. popular, neglected and rejected children. Provide empirical evidence.

Children often think, "What can I do to get all of the kids at school to like me?" or "What's wrong with me? Something must be wrong or I would be more popular."

Popular children are children who give out the most reinforcements, who listen carefully to other children, and who maintains open lines of communication. Being themselves, being happy, showing enthusiasm and concern for others, and being self-confident but not conceited are characteristics that serve children well in their quest for peer popularity (Hartup, 1983).

In one study, popular children were more likely to communicate clearly with their peers, to elicit their peers' attention, and to maintain conversation with peers more than were unpopular children (Kennedy, 1990)

On the other hand, neglected children are children who receive little attention from their peers, and are often ignored by their teachers as well, but who are not necessarily disliked. Their predominate behavior is isolate behavior. They tend to be loners who play alone, and who rarely initiate contact with others and often retreat when ...

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This solution discusses the empirical findings in the developmental literature that help to explain why some children are popular with their peers, while other children are either neglected or rejected by their peers.

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