On Winning Some and Losing Some:A Social Relations Approachto Social Dominance in Toddlers

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Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, ISSN: 0272-930X, Vol: 45, Issue: 2, Page: 2

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Hawley, Patricia H.; Little, Todd D.
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Predictors of social dominance and the effects of social dominance on the play behavior of young children (N = , 6, ages 1.4 to 3.2) were studied. The children were observed in multiple interactions (N = 74) with multiple partners to explore individual-level effects and effects due to individual-partner interactions (i.e., a social relations approach). Social dominance was expected to mediate individuallevel attributes and social behavior and the mediation was expected to be moderated by the degree of familiarity between individuals. Multiple-group path analyses of the mean and covariance relations broadly supported these hypotheses. These findings have both developmental and evolutionary implications, especially in light of the age of the participants.