On winning some and losing some: A social relations approach to social dominance in toddlers

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Abstract

Predictors of social dominance and the effects of social dominance on the play behavior of young children (N = 16, ages 1.4 to 3.2) were studied. The children were observed in multiple interactions (N = 74) with multiple partners to explore individual-level effects and effects due to individual-partner interactions (i.e., a social relations approach). Social dominance was expected to mediate individual-level attributes and social behavior and the mediation was expected to be moderated by the degree of familiarity between individuals. Multiple-group path analyses of the mean and covariance relations broadly supported these hypotheses. These findings have both developmental and evolutionary implications, especially in light of the age of the participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-214
Number of pages30
JournalMerrill-Palmer Quarterly
Volume45
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999

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