A content analysis of the conversational behavior of accepted and rejected children

  • Joyce Vogel
  • Susan Phillips Keane
  • Judith C. Conger


The present study was designed to assess whether the conversational behavior of children separated into accepted, rejected, and mixed-status dyads differed along the dimensions of listening to, paying attention to, and indicating interest in their dyadic partner. Conversations of 40 third-grade dyads were analyzed as they occurred in a 2- min waiting period and a 4- min conversation period. Seventeen categories of verbal behaviors that indexed these dimensions were used as content codes. Multivariate analyses of variance performed on the observational data yielded significant main effects for status, sex, and experimental condition. Results are interpreted in terms of previous social skills research, and suggestions for future research are offered.

Key words

conversational behavior social skills dyadic interactions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joyce Vogel
    • 1
  • Susan Phillips Keane
    • 2
  • Judith C. Conger
    • 3
  1. 1.Geisinger Medical CenterDanville17821
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro
  3. 3.Purdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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