Publisher description for Conversations of friends : speculations on affective development / edited by John M. Gottman and Jeffrey G. Parker.

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Counter This book describes the results of thirteen years spent studying conversations between friends and speculates about the implications for a new theory of social and emotional development. The authors succinctly review the literature on the role of friendship in people's lives. They also thoughtfully delineate and clarify a number of methodological issues: naturalistic sampling, reliable and valid observations coding, sequential analysis, first vs. second order change, valid laboratory analogues, quantitative sociolinguistic techniques, and clinical applications. The notion of a support network is given an observational basis.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Friendship in children, Social interaction in children, Interpersonal communication in children, Friendship