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The nature of children's social interactions at school

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posted on 01.01.2003, 00:00 authored by Kathleen Moore, David MellorDavid Mellor
Interpersonal interactions are important for emotional and psychological wellbeing. One attempt to systematically assess social interactions among gifted children was presented by Manor-Bullock et al. (1995) in their Social Interaction Questionnaire (SIQ). However, no psychometric properties of this scale or the nature of the factors that form students' social interactions have been reported. The aim of this study to ascertain the underlying factor structure of students' social interactions on scores on the SIQ and to compare the responses of children attending a regular school to those in Manor-Bullock et al.'s cohort of gifted children. Two independent factors emerged from the data: social/popular and confident/studious with internal reliability of {alpha} = 0.82 and {alpha} = 0.60 respectively. There were no gender differences on these factors in the current data. Chi square analyses revealed concordance between gifted and regular-school children on seven of 16 comparable items. Discussion of the items demonstrating an association is presented. Confirmation of the current factor structure is necessary and a matched comparison with gifted children is recommended.

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Journal

School psychology international

Volume

24

Issue

3

Pagination

329 - 339

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd

Location

London, England

ISSN

0143-0343

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, SAGE Publications

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