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January 20, 2020 - Dr. Christopher Aults, assistant professor of psychology at King’s College, recently published a chapter in a textbook “Conducting Research in Developmental Psychology: A Topical Guide for Research Methods Utilized Across the Lifespan.”
His chapter, “Measuring Peer Relationships During Childhood: Exploring the Benefits of Using Peer Nominations,” highlights the importance of using peer knowledge to assess a wide range of variables that may be relevant for researchers exploring the social development of children. In developmental science, the most widely used method of measuring variables of interest is peer nominations.
The Peer Nomination Method that Aults discusses is a quantitative technique used to measure social relationships within a group. The method allows researchers to measure likeability, social dominance, gender nonconformity, victimization, and internalizing and externalizing problems.
“Conducting Research in Developmental Psychology: A Topical Guide for Research Methods Utilized Across the Lifespan,” is designed for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students seeking to understand a new area of developmental science, developmental psychology, and human development.
Dr. Christopher Aults