Social network plasticity in children

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dc.creator Fuentes, Miguel Angel
dc.creator Cárdenas, Juan Pablo
dc.creator Carro, Natalia
dc.creator Lozada, Mariana 2018-02 2019-08-30T13:24:15Z 2019-08-30T13:24:15Z
dc.identifier es_ES
dc.identifier.issn 1221-1249 es_ES
dc.description.abstract Converging evidence demonstrates that social relationships are crucial for healthy development during childhood. Given the high behavioral plasticity in children, in the present work we seek to evaluate whether an intervention including cooperative and mindfulness based activities could improve social relationships in middle-aged children. Thus, the aim of this study is to quantitatively analyze the impact of this kind of intervention on social networking in 6-7 year olds. In a school context, we conducted a three month intervention in a class (experimental group), which involved 24 participants. Another class of 20 children was randomly assigned as control group, which followed the usual school program. Social networks were compared before and after the intervention by means of a questionnaire asking each child to mention which peers they would like to play with, and which they do not. After the intervention, social network analysis showed an increase in the number and diversity of positive links between peers, and a reduction in negative ones. We also found a higher level of integration, indicated by enhanced positive networks where children with many positive connections tended to connect with those with few links, there were also more positive links between genders. This favorable change could reflect an increase in children’s awareness of themselves and others, fostering the emergence of collaboration and empathic concern. The methodology used here shows how quantitative methods coming from complexity science can be applied to social systems in order to, for example, promote cooperation and avoid bullying. es_ES
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dc.format.extent pp.6679-6686 es_ES
dc.language eng es_ES
dc.publisher Universidad Nacional del Comahue es_ES
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 2.5 Argentina es_ES
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dc.source Transylvanian Review: Vol XXVI, No. 25, February 2018 es_ES
dc.subject Social networks es_ES
dc.subject Cooperation es_ES
dc.subject Behavioral plasticity es_ES
dc.subject Children es_ES
dc.subject.other Ciencias Sociales es_ES
dc.subject.other Ciencias de la Educación es_ES
dc.title Social network plasticity in children es_ES
dc.type Articulo es
dc.type article eu
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dc.description.fil Fil: Carro, Natalia. Universidad Nacional del Comahue. INIBIOMA, CONICET; Argentina. es_ES
dc.description.fil Fil: Lozada, Mariana. Universidad Nacional del Comahue. INIBIOMA, CONICET; Argentina. es_ES
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