Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




Over the past few decades, the field of developmental psychopathology has become increasingly interested in children’s development during preschool, a time of immense cognitive and social growth (Parker et al., 2006). Past research indicates that prosocial behaviors exhibited during childhood can predict later adaptive functioning (Gresham et al., 2010). The goal of the present study was to explore the relationships among sharing behaviors, social skills, and problem behaviors in preschool children. Predominantly lower-income preschool children (N = 57, Male = 28) were recruited for participation. Teachers of the participants completed the Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS). A modified version of a coding system developed by Barton and Ascione (1979) was used to code children's sharing behaviors displayed during small-group play time. Analyses indicated a significant negative correlation between social skills and problem behaviors. Taken together, the results of this study have implications for the importance of research on prosocial behaviors and problem behaviors as they can substantially influence children throughout th eir lifespan.

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