Kindergarten Friendships Ensure Behaved Boys
High-quality friendships for boys in kindergarten could mean that they will have fewer behaviour problems and better social skills in first and third grades, a new study has claimed.
Jennifer Engle and her team from the University of Illinois examined data from 567 children who had participated in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development.
Mothers in the study reported on whether their kindergarten child had at least one friend and on the quality of their child's friendships.
Researchers then compared the progress of children with no friends, low-quality friendships, average-quality friendships, and high-quality friendships. Teachers provided feedback on children's behaviour problems in kindergarten and first and third grades.