Educational and Developmental Psychology
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.
- 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2019.1603579.
- Swit CS. (2019) Differential associations between relational and physical aggression: why do teachers and parents perceive these behaviors differently? Early Child Development and Care http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2019.1621304.
- 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0861-y.
- Swit CS., McMaugh A. and Warburton WA. (2016) Preschool children’s beliefs about the acceptability of relational and physical aggression. International Journal of Early Childhood 48(1): 111-127. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13158-016-0155-3.