This thesis examines the influence of peer socialization on a child's development. Chapter One reviews the literature on socialization, loneliness and family interaction. Chapter Two discusses sociological theories of socialization and interaction. Interviews were conducted among 12 boarding school students raised in the Australian Outback, aswell as a control group of 12 students raised in an urban environment. The students from the Outback received their education via radio in their homes, while the urban students received their education by attending various primary schools in Australia. The findings indicate that loneliness among the Outback students is seen as homesickness, whereas among the urban students, loneliness is a general feeling of boredom. In terms of social interaction, it was also found that the quality of friendship is of a higher value among the Outback students. As a result of the different means of education and socialization experiences, the method of learning of the samples also varies. The Outback students gained knowledge through application and experience whereas the knowledge of the urban students is a result of a formal and systematic education. This research shows how minimal peer socialization can not only impact, but benefit individuals in social isolation.


Nurse, Anne M.


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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