Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 389–409 | Cite as

Behavior patterns of socially rejected and neglected preadolescents: The roles of social approach and aggression

  • Kenneth A. Dodge
  • John D. Coie
  • N. Paul Brakke


Sociometric nominations were used to select groups of popular, average, rejected, and neglected third- and fifth-grade children. In two studies, the peer interactive behaviors of these children were naturalistically observed in their classrooms and on the playground. In contrast to popular children, rejected children displayed fewer task-appropriate behaviors and more task inappropriate and aggessive behaviors. Whereas rejected children prosocially approached peers as frequently as did popular children, peer responses to the approaches of rejected children were more likely to be negative. Neglected children, on the other hand, displayed relatively few task-inappropriate and aggressive behaviors, and socially approached peers infrequently. Their approaches also met with frequent rebuff by peers. The findings were discussed in terms of the behavioral bases of sociometric status. Suggestions were made for clinical researchers interested in behavioral change with rejected and neglected children.


Aggressive Behavior Behavioral Change Behavior Pattern Interactive Behavior Clinical Researcher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth A. Dodge
    • 2
  • John D. Coie
    • 1
  • N. Paul Brakke
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyIndiana UniversityBloomington

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