Middle Childhood Self Concept

Middle Childhood Self Concept

As children become more competent in developing peer relationships, they also become more aware of the social dynamics of groups. They become quite aware and sensitive about their own social reputation in a group. Popular children seem to be aware that they are sought after by others and they feel good about it. The opposite is unfortunately true as well, where children whose reputation has been tainted for various reasons, become increasingly self aware, withdraw from groups and might end up with fewer friends or even isolated. This seems to be the beginning of “social status” becoming a measure of success. Most children seem to seek out the popular kids with high social status while those with lower social reputation might be rebuffed and avoided.

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