Results and Discussion

Overall, the results supported the hypothesis that responses to other-gender peers would be less interactive and more negative than to same-gender partners. Table 11.3 presents verbal responses to the provoking peer during the practice and contest sessions, by gender composition of the dyad. Children responded more negatively to other-gender peers during both the contest and the provoking periods of the play sessions. In addition, children interacting with other-gender peers showed fewer neutral and more negative facial expressions, and exhibited more negative gestures. Interestingly, in a short interview right after the provoking period of the experiment, children who experienced provocation by an other-gender peer reported feeling less bothered by the showing off than those provoked by a

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