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Friends, friendlessness, and the social consequences of gaining a theory of mind

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Fink, Begeer, Peterson, Slaughter, and de Rosnay (2014) conducted a prospective longitudinal study showing that theory-of-mind (ToM) development at school entry (mean age 5.61 years) significantly predicted friendlessness both concurrently and 2 years later. Friendlessness (defined as lacking any friendship that is mutually reciprocated) is conceptually and empirically distinct from group popularity and independently predicts adverse mental health outcomes throughout life. Here, we respond to the thoughtful commentaries by Wellman (Brit. J. Dev. Psychol, 2015; 33, 24-26), Mizokawa and Koyasu (Brit. J. Dev. Psychol, 2015; 33, 21-23), and Lerner and Lillard (Brit. J. Dev. Psychol, 2015; 33, 18-20) with a focus on three key issues, namely (a) the definition and measurement of friendship, (b) the measurement of advanced ToM development beyond the preschool years, and (c) the exciting future potential for ToM-based training and intervention studies to combat chronic friendlessness.

UOW Authors


  •   Fink, Elian (external author)
  •   Begeer, Sander (external author)
  •   Peterson, Candida C. (external author)
  •   Slaughter, Virginia (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Fink, E., Begeer, S., Peterson, C. C., Slaughter, V. & de Rosnay, M. (2015). Friends, friendlessness, and the social consequences of gaining a theory of mind. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33 (1), 27-30.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84922569715

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1835

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 27

End Page


  • 30

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Fink, Begeer, Peterson, Slaughter, and de Rosnay (2014) conducted a prospective longitudinal study showing that theory-of-mind (ToM) development at school entry (mean age 5.61 years) significantly predicted friendlessness both concurrently and 2 years later. Friendlessness (defined as lacking any friendship that is mutually reciprocated) is conceptually and empirically distinct from group popularity and independently predicts adverse mental health outcomes throughout life. Here, we respond to the thoughtful commentaries by Wellman (Brit. J. Dev. Psychol, 2015; 33, 24-26), Mizokawa and Koyasu (Brit. J. Dev. Psychol, 2015; 33, 21-23), and Lerner and Lillard (Brit. J. Dev. Psychol, 2015; 33, 18-20) with a focus on three key issues, namely (a) the definition and measurement of friendship, (b) the measurement of advanced ToM development beyond the preschool years, and (c) the exciting future potential for ToM-based training and intervention studies to combat chronic friendlessness.

UOW Authors


  •   Fink, Elian (external author)
  •   Begeer, Sander (external author)
  •   Peterson, Candida C. (external author)
  •   Slaughter, Virginia (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Fink, E., Begeer, S., Peterson, C. C., Slaughter, V. & de Rosnay, M. (2015). Friends, friendlessness, and the social consequences of gaining a theory of mind. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33 (1), 27-30.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84922569715

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1835

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 27

End Page


  • 30

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom