Individual-group behavioral similarity and peer status in experimental play groups of boys: the social misfit revisited.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study evaluated individual-group similarity and dissimilarity hypotheses generally stipulating that the behavioral correlates of status are moderated by the peer group context in which they are displayed. Thirty play groups of 5 or 6 unacquainted same-age boys participated in five 45-min sessions. Five behaviors described group and individual characteristics: reactive aggression, proactive aggression, solitary play, rough-and-tumble play, and positive interactive behavior. Individual social preference scores were computed following a variant of the J. D. Coie and K. A. Dodge (1983) procedure. The behavioral correlates of emerging peer status were examined as a function of the group's behavioral norms. Evidence of a dissimilarity effect was found for solitary play and reactive aggression whereas positive interactive behavior followed a rule of similarity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boivin, M; Dodge, KA; Coie, JD

Published Date

  • August 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 269 - 279

PubMed ID

  • 7643305

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1315

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3514

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0022-3514.69.2.269


  • eng