Research on adult personal-social networks has contributed greatly to an understanding of mental health, illness, and responses to stress. Fueled by this successful research and a growing concern for today's youth, the contributors to this volume have conducted investigations into the functioning and structures of the social networks of toddlers, school-age children, adolescents, and college students.
The editors of this volume move beyond vague generalizations about characteristic and behavior acquisition through socialization in childhood by applying a longitudinal perspective to the sampling of child, adolescent, and young-adult network research. Social Networks of Children, Adolescents, and College Students unites several major empirical studies of children's social networks, investigating the acquisition of specific behaviors from particular groups of individuals under certain conditions.
Topics covered include:
* the effects of social networks on child development and disorder
* the relationship between social networks and coping with stress the role of friends or groups in positive socialization
* Of special interest to practitioners, researchers, and advanced students are:
* comparative data on children from other cultural groups and non-mainstream American youths descriptions and evaluations of methodologies
* introductory materials by the editors commenting on the field and the research extensive bibliographies
"Social Networks is an important contribution which deserves attention. Happily for both reader and reviewer, the Editors have done their job with exemplary skill and acumen. Social Networks is a significant contribution to the literature that researchers, students, and clinicians alike will find equally valuable. [It] is likely to become a valued link in the network of understanding and knowledge about children, adolescents, and their multiple social worlds."
—Child and Family Behavior Therapy
Contents: From Crib to College: An Overview of Studies of the Social Networks of Children, Adolescents, and College Students. Part I: The Social Networks of Toddlers. S. Salzinger, J. Hampson, Social Networks of Mother and Child: An Examination of Their Function in Developing Speech. J. Hampson, Individual Differences in Style of Language Acquisition in Relation to Social Networks. Part II: The Social Networks of Preschool and School-Age Children. G.W. Ladd, C.H. Hart, E.M. Wadsworth. B.S. Golter, Preschoolers' Peer Networks in Non-school Settings: Relationship to Family Characteristics and School Adjustment. C. Feiring, M. Lewis, The Child's Social Network from Three to Six Years: The Effects of Age, Sex, and Socioeconomic Status. M. Cochran, D. Riley, Mother Reports of Children's Personal Networks: Antecedents, Concomitants, and Consequences. S.M. McHale, W.C. Gamble, The Social Networks of Children with Disabled and Nondisabled Siblings. Part III: The Social Networks of Adolescents. D.A. Blyth, C. Traeger, Adolescent Self-Esteem and Perceived Relationships with Parents and Peers. J. Vondra, J. Garbarino, Social Influences on Adolescent Behavior Problems. Part IV: The Social Networks of College Students. J.S. Antrobus, R. Dobbelaer, S. Salzinger, Social Networks and College Success, or Grade Point Average and the Friendly Connection. L.R. Culbert, J.L. Good, J.R. Lachenmeyer, The Social Networks of the Commuting College Student. Part V: Cross-Cultural Work on Children's Social Networks. L. Gutwirth-Winston, Domestic and Kinship Networks of Some American Born Children of Haitian Immigrants. M. Hammer, C. Sutton, The Social World of the Yoruba Child.