The ecology of peer relations

Barbara Kelly

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Abstract

The study of peer relations has arrived at an interesting point both conceptually and in terms of current evidence. In reviewing research with a particular focus on links between family experience and peer competence, it is clear that a sophisticated ecology is emerging. Research in this area is wide‐ranging and innovative, reflecting and defining issues which have relevance to the study of many aspects of child development. A number of key areas which involve new conceptualisations and directions are identified—for example, relationships, bidirectionality and the notion of dynamic genotype/phenotype interaction. Advances in peer research begin to address an increasing demand for collaborative exploration of processes amongst developmentalists, environmentalists and geneticists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalEarly Childhood Development and Care
Volume115
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Keywords

  • peer relationships
  • ecology
  • educational psychology

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