Girl Talk: Gossip, Friendship, and Sociometric Status

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dc.contributor.author McDonald, Kristina L.
dc.contributor.author Putallaz, Martha
dc.contributor.author Grimes, Christina L.
dc.contributor.author Kupersmidt, Janis B.
dc.contributor.author Coie, John D.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-26T15:34:09Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-26T15:34:09Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation McDonald, K., Putallaz, M., Grimes, C., Kupersmidt, J., Coie, J. (2007): Girl Talk: Gossip,Friendship, and Sociometric Status. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 53(3). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/7475
dc.description.abstract This study examined the characteristics of gossip among fourth-grade girls and their close friends. Sixty friendship dyads were videotaped as they engaged in conversation, and their gossip was coded. Analyses revealed gossip to be a dominant feature of their interaction and that it was primarily neutral in valence. Sociometrically popular girls and their friends were observed to gossip more about peers, and their gossip was more evaluative than that between rejected girls and their friends. Gossip frequency and valence related to observed friendship closeness and friendship quality. Race differences in the characteristics of gossip were also explored. The study results are important in our efforts to develop a fuller understanding of the important interpersonal process of gossip and the functions that it serves in the context of close friendships. en_US
dc.description.uri https://doi.org/10.1353/mpq.2007.0017
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Gossip en_US
dc.subject Interpersonal communication en_US
dc.subject Interpersonal relationships en_US
dc.subject Socialization en_US
dc.subject Friendship in children en_US
dc.title Girl Talk: Gossip, Friendship, and Sociometric Status en_US


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