This study examined the relationship between the three main types of resource control strategies (i.e., bistrategic, coercive, and prosocial resource control) and friendship in preschool students. While also examining how parent socialization for prosocial behaviors affects a child’s preferred resource control strategy. Students were asked to nominate the three students that they most liked to play with in their preschool classroom; teachers were asked to rate their students for how likely they were to engage in prosocial or coercive resource control, and were also asked to rate that student’s overall resource control; and parents were asked to complete a survey that asked them how many times they asked their child to perform a certain behavior, such as sharing. It was hypothesized that the gender of the student would have an effect on prosocial and coercive control but not bistrategic control; socialization from parents would have a positive relationship with prosocial and coercive control but not bistrategic control; and preschool students would prefer to play with prosocial, bistrategic, and then coercive controllers. The findings mainly support the hypothesis for prosocial control and friendships, supporting the fact that preschoolers are more likely to play with those that are nicer.


Thelamour, Barbara



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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