THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CONFLICTS FOR YOUNG SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN
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Based on projections and views from 150 first-, second-, and third-graders, this article presents a selection of destructive and constructive aspects of interpersonal conflicts of young school children. The conclusion to be drawn from the research material is that children have the ability to overcome conflicts with their peers, and to stay close with each other despite such conflicts, even if a dominant trait in those conflicts is exchange of negative influences, i.e. aggressive behaviours. In children's opinion, conflicts 'move' them emotionally, disorganising their behavioural patterns and negatively affecting their understanding of 'I', however, by using a variety of strategies, children are able to normalise their relations with peers.
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