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

Fink, Elian, Begeer, Sander, Peterson, Candida C., Slaughter, Virginia and de Rosnay, Marc (2015) Friends, friendlessness, and the social consequences of gaining a theory of mind. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33 1: 27-30. doi:10.1111/bjdp.12080

Author Fink, Elian
Begeer, Sander
Peterson, Candida C.
Slaughter, Virginia
de Rosnay, Marc
Title Friends, friendlessness, and the social consequences of gaining a theory of mind
Journal name British Journal of Developmental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2044-835X
Publication date 2015-03
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/bjdp.12080
Open Access Status
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 27
End page 30
Total pages 4
Place of publication Chichester, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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