International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 11 Num. 1 - March 2011


Social Behavior and Social Information Processing in Argentinean Children.

Volume 11 Num. 1 - March 2011 - Pages 57-78


Cecilia Reyna , Mirta Susana Ison , Silvina Brussino


This study examines social skills, behavior problems and performance on tasks of social information processing. The sample included 184 children of five and seven years old of both sexes (59.24% women), who observed vignettes of social interaction situations where predominated expression of anger, happiness or sadness in the provocateur. Teachers provided information on social performance of children in the school context. Girls five years old showed better social skills and fewer behavior problems, and boys more behavior problems. Younger children and boys had a worse performance on the tasks of social information processing, with different results according to emotional stimulus. There were special relations between dimensions of the social skills and the behavior problems and some steps of the social information processing. Limitations and future lines of action are discussed.

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