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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Esther Cohen

First Committee Member

Kenneth Beauchamp

Second Committee Member

Roger G. Katz


This study was conducted in order to extend the generalizability of a previous study CCappas et al., 1985) that examined the social acceptance of Type A children. One hundred and ninety-six 1 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children from two public schools were classified as Type A or Type B based on teacher ratings on the Matthews Youth Test for Health (Matthews & Angulo, 1980). Students and teachers then assessed the level of social acceptance of each child. Lastly, behavioral observations were conducted on ~0 of these students. Results indicated that, similar to the prior study, Type A children were socially accepted by their peers. In addition, Type A children received more leadership nominations, less withdrawn nominations, were found to be more active, and had a greater number of friends than Type B children. Contrary to previous findings, no differences were found in the number of peer aggressive nominations received by Type A and Type B children. However, teachers rated these children differently, with Type A's receiving more aggression and hostility ratings than Type B's. Sex differences were also examined. The major implications of this study suggest that the positive characteristics that Type A children exhibit may counterbalance the negative characteristics, thus explaining why aggression is not related to peer rejection in these children.





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