Peer Group Rejection : Effects Of Rejection Ambiguity, Rejection Sensitivity, And Social Acumen
Journal of Social Issues, March, 2014, Vol.70(1), p.12(17)[Peer Reviewed Journal]
Abrams, Dominic; Killen, Melanie; Nesdale, Drew; Zimmer-Gembeck, Melanie J.; Roxburgh, Natalie
This article displays the study of children between the ages of 6 and 12 toward peer group members who have either accepted or rejected them provided the children 's reactions were influenced by the reaction sensitivity (RS) or social acumen (SA). The study is based on simulated peer groups with children who are either accepted, ambiguously rejected, or unambiguously rejected. In conclusion, the children were able to perceive if they were accepted or not, even if their exclusion was ambiguous or extremely clear. Among all of the adolescents the accepted children, female children, and younger of the age range identified most with their groups and were also more positive towards their peer groups than the rest. Accepted children preferred to stay in their in-groups while ambiguously rejected and unambiguously rejected children alike preferred to change groups.
Concerning this peer rejection study, it is both a sociological and psychological study in regards to its type. The 144 Anglo-Australian children experimented on were from grades two through five at two different elementary schools in the same lower middle class district with equal numbers of boys and girls.…