Illustrating the interface of family and peer relations through the study of child maltreatment

Fred A. Rogosch, Dante Cicchetti

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The developmental study of social adaptation in maltreated children provided the context for examining the linkages between family and peer relations. Participants included 115 school‐age children; 59 were maltreated. Teachers and peers in the classrooms of the targeted children provided assessments of the social functioning of individual children. Mothers completed an assessment of their parenting practices. The results demonstrated that teachers perceived maltreated children, particularly physically abused children, as lower in social competence and social acceptance and higher in externalizing behavior problems. Peers were more likely to actively withdraw from or reject maltreated children. Patterns of peer‐perceived aggression and withdrawal were examined, and maltreated children who were both aggressive and withdrawn were particularly deficient in social effectiveness. Maltreatment and parenting practices were related to differences in social effectiveness. Continuities in relationship disturbance from families to peers were discussed. Copyright © 1994, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-308
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994


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