Shyness and popularity: Children’s views

Virginia P. Richmond, Michael J. Beatty, Paula Dyba

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Previous research has indicated adults with certain psychological and behavioral problems have a childhood history of rejection by their peers. Research also has indicated that quiet adults are perceived less positively than their more talkative peers. The present research sought to determine whether there is an association between quietness in children and rejection of those children by their peers. This study of 1, 529 children in grades 3-12 indicates a strong tendency on the part of children to reject shy or quiet peers. Programs to help children overcome the causes of quietness are recommended as a high priority for communication educators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-125
Number of pages10
JournalWestern Journal of Speech Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication


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