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Children’s Social Participation with Peers – Some Manifestations and Conditions from the Perspective of Children

Peter Rieker

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Peers can be regarded as important for the development of children’s and youths’ social participation, since they provide the chance of reciprocal relations and cooperation between equals. Therefore, in this article, manifestations and conditions of children’s social participation with peers are analyzed on the basis of interviews with children at the age of ten to twelve years who took part in an empirical study on children’s and youths’ participation in Switzerland. In contrasting participation in peer groups with participation in adult-centered contexts, some specific aspects can be depicted based on the descriptions the children gave in the interviews. Furthermore, this article looks at different family backgrounds with respectto experience of participation and its significance for social participation with peers.

Keywords: social participation, children, peers, family

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Bibliography: Rieker, Peter: Children’s Social Participation with Peers – Some Manifestations and Conditions from the Perspective of Children, PCS – Politics, Culture and Socialization, 1+2-2017, pp. 124-133.


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