Good Friendships among Children: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation

Walker, David Ian, Curren, Randall and Jones, Chantel (2016) Good Friendships among Children: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 46 (3). pp. 286-309. ISSN 0021-8308

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Ethical dimensions of friendship have rarely been explicitly addressed as aspects of friendship quality in studies of children's peer relationships. This study identifies aspects of moral virtue significant for friendship, as a basis for empirically investigating the role of ethical qualities in children's friendship assessments and aspirations. We introduce a eudaimonic conception of friendship quality, identify aspects of moral virtue foundational to such quality, review and contest some grounds on which children have been regarded as not mature enough to have friendships that require virtue, and report a qualitative study of the friendship assessments and aspirations of children aged nine and ten (n = 83). In focus group sessions conducted in ten schools across Great Britain, moral qualities figured prominently in children's assessments of friendship quality. The findings provide evidence of children having friendships exhibiting mutual respect, support, and valuing of each other's good character.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: friendship; children; friendship quality; eudaimonic well-being; SDT; moral development
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 14:04
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:07

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