Social Interaction in the First Year: Infants’ Social Skills with Peers versus Mother

  • Deborah Lowe Vandell
  • Kathy Shores Wilson


In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to the nature of toddlers’ social encounters with peers (Bronson, 1975; Eckerman, Whatley, & Kutz, 1975; Goldman & Ross, 1977; Mueller & Brenner, 1977; Mueller & Lucas, 1975). From these studies, a preliminary catalogue of toddler social skills may be derived. For example, it appears that toddlers are able both to initiate and maintain encounters with peers. In addition, they are able to combine social acts into complex social messages and to coordinate those messages with a partner into fairly sophisticated games. In contrast to the numerous studies of toddler social skills, however, we know relatively little about infants’ interactions with peers. One purpose of this chapter is to describe in more detail some social skills that are apparent in infantpeer interaction. As part of this discussion, some limitations of infant social abilities are also discussed.


Social Skill Play Session Social Ability Interactive Skill Elicited Response 
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  • Kathy Shores Wilson

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