Cara Swit

Senior LecturerDr Cara Swit

Programme Coordinator - Specialist Teaching
Rehua 319
Internal Phone: 94408
Educational and Developmental Psychology


Research Interests

My research interests include social cognitive processing in preschool-age children and the relationship with relational and physical aggression. From a Social Learning perspective, I also conduct research on teacher and parent normative beliefs about different behaviours and how these directly/indirectly influence child behaviour.

I am also very interested in developing novel measures to assess complex cognitive processes in young children.

Recent Publications

  • Coyne SM., Swit C., Stockdale L. and Summers K. (2020) The growth of gossip: Socialization of relational aggression from adolescence to emerging adulthood. Aggressive Behavior 46(6): 535-546.
  • Swit C. (2019) Understanding the Distinctive Differences between Relationally and Physically Aggressive Behaviours Used in Early Childhood Contexts. Early Education and Development 30(7): 927-946.
  • Swit CS. (2019) Differential associations between relational and physical aggression: why do teachers and parents perceive these behaviors differently? Early Child Development and Care
  • Swit CS. (2018) Early childhood educators’ and parents’ perceptions of bullying in preschool. New Zealand Journal of Psychology 47(3): 19-27.
  • Swit CS., McMaugh A. and Warburton W. (2017) Teacher and Parent Perceptions of Relational and Physical Aggression During Early Childhood. Journal of Child and Family Studies 27(1): 118-130.