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Moriguchi, Yusuke; Todo, Naoya – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2018
Having an imaginary companion (IC) is a fascinating example of children's imaginative and pretend play. However, there are inconsistencies in the reported prevalence of children's ICs. This study examined how culture may affect this prevalence. We conducted a meta-analysis to assess whether the culture, as well as age, assessment method, sex, and…
Descriptors: Incidence, Imagination, Friendship, Play
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Meter, Diana J.; Card, Noel A. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2016
Decades of research has assessed the benefits of children's and adolescents' friendships, but friendships among youth often dissolve within a matter of months or years. Studies have investigated predictors and consequences of friendship stability with the expectation that, in order for friendships to have a positive or negative influence on youth,…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Friendship, Meta Analysis
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McCall, Robert B.; Groark, Christina J.; Nelkin, Robert P. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
Increasingly, practitioners and policy makers are demanding research evidence as a basis for funding programs and policies. The application of research to society has undergone several transitions, from a scholarly emphasis on the experimental method to an attempt to disseminate research and contribute to social policy. Policy makers have…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Developmental Psychology