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Building social communication skills in shy children helps with peer likeability

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“A new study by Yale-NUS College Assistant Professor of Social Sciences (Psychology) Cheung Hoi Shan has discovered that shy children with low English vocabulary skills, can still be popular among their peers if they have high-functioning social communication skills that enable them to engage and interact well with their peers in social settings. Dr Cheung conducted the study involving 164 preschoolers between 52 and 79 months old in Singapore. She co-authored the paper with Associate Professor John Elliott from the Department of Psychology under the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The paper was recently published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.”(more)

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