Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Robert Padgett


This study compares associations between Peer Rejection (PR) and Verbal Ability (VA) and PR and Theory of Mind (ToM) within a socioeconomically diverse context. At the time the study was stopped, five participants, ages 6-9, were recruited from the Boys and Girls Club. Participating families completed socioeconomic status (SES) questionnaires written in either English or Spanish prior to an hour-long session with a team of Butler University undergraduate students. The undergraduates administered the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) and Expressive Vocabulary Test (EVT) to assess VA; the Mind of the Eyes task, a series of three Faux Pas (FP) tasks, an emotion task, and a desire task to assess ToM skills; and a 20-question self-report peer rejection survey to assess PR. Results were compared between age, sex, race and socioeconomically matched participants as well as group norms from previous studies. No significant differences were observed within the sample set nor was correlational evidence found.

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