Twenty-Five. Cooperation and Competition

  1. Peter K. Smith5 and
  2. Craig H. Hart6
  1. Barry H. Schneider1,
  2. Joyce Benenson2,
  3. Márta Fülöp3,
  4. Mihaly Berkics3 and
  5. Mónika Sándor4

Published Online: 22 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch25

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition

How to Cite

Schneider, B. H., Benenson, J., Fülöp, M., Berkics, M. and Sándor, M. (2010) Cooperation and Competition, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, Second Edition (eds P. K. Smith and C. H. Hart), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390933.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 5

    Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

  2. 6

    Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

  2. 2

    Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

  4. 4

    Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196796

Online ISBN: 9781444390933

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Keywords:

  • cooperation and competition;
  • competition, something harmful - negative consequences for children's psychosocial development;
  • competition and cooperation - characteristics of social situations, psychological states of participants;
  • competition and cooperation - characteristics of social situations;
  • competition and cooperation - as seen by children;
  • children's preferences for cooperative or competitive interaction - assessed mainly with dyadic games;
  • developmental unfolding - of competitive and cooperative behavior;
  • dominance of males over females in mixed-sex interactions - early in life;
  • engagement in competition - interaction of individual and situation;
  • cooperation, beneficial effects for peer acceptance

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definitions of Cooperation and Competition

  • Competition and Cooperation as Seen by Children

  • Methodological Issues in the Study of Cooperation and Competition

  • The Developmental Unfolding of Competitive and Cooperative Behavior

  • Cultural Differences

  • Sex Differences in Competition Within Children's Interpersonal Relationships

  • Cooperative Versus Competitive Environments as Facilitators of Learning and Motivation

  • Competition, Friendships, and Peer Relationships

  • Ideas for New Research

  • References