By M. Perlmutter

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Consideration of performance factors is part of the strategy selection process. If factors which were not anticipated arise suddenly, the original strat­ egy choice may be abandoned and the social problem solving process begins again. Strategy implementation can be assessed through the use of all three meth­ odologies described above. In an interview, the child can be asked what she or he would do in a given social situation. The strategy indicated by the child might not necessarily correspond with actual implementation for reasons discussed in pre­ vious sections.

In order to examine this hypothesis we identified children as rejected, average, and popular in both kindergarten and first grade. Rejected children were those whose same-sex sociometric rating scores (after standardization) fell into the bottom third for their grade; popular children’s scores fell into the top third for their grade. All other children were considered ‘‘average. ’’ Of the 19 rejected kindergarteners for whom sociometric data were available in first grade, 12 maintained their status.

We should note that sociometric status, like observed social withdrawal in early childhood is not an extremely stable phenomenon (Hymel, 1983). 48, p < . 001 (n=12). As with behavioral isolation, it seems to us that the children at greatest risk for social and educational problems are those who evidence peer rejection over a long period of time. In order to examine this hypothesis we identified children as rejected, average, and popular in both kindergarten and first grade. Rejected children were those whose same-sex sociometric rating scores (after standardization) fell into the bottom third for their grade; popular children’s scores fell into the top third for their grade.

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