Department of Educational Psychology


Date of this Version

January 2003


Published in Journal of School Psychology 41 (2003), pp. 285—292. Copyright © 2003 Society for the Study of School Psychology. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. Used by permission.


Gifford-Smith and Brownell (2003) have provided an extensive critical review of the current state of the art in peer relations research. Their thorough review of the basic research in these areas clearly illustrates the complexity of the task of understanding these aspects of children’s social development and how they navigate the interrelated relational ecologies. Our purpose is to extend the discussion by suggesting implications for intervention work and related research.