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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1955. Department of Home Economics.


Copyright 1955, the author. Used by permission.


The primary purpose of this study was to gain an increased understanding of the friendships of preschool children. The more specific aims were:

  1. To devise an improved technique for use in securing friendship preferences of young children.

  2. To determine to what extent the mothers and teachers were aware of the child’s preferences.

  3. To determine if age and sex were significant factors in the selection of these friends.

  4. To determine to what extent children of this age would give reasons for their preferences and how their reasons would compare with those given by the mothers.

    The subjects were twenty-one children, eleven girls and ten boys, who were in attendance at the nursery school of the Child Development Laboratory of the University of Nebraska during the year 1949-1950.

Advisor: Ruth Staples