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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 7/2014

01-10-2014

Children’s Responses to Hypothetical Provocation by Peers: Coordination of Assertive and Aggressive Strategies

Auteurs: Melanie A. Dirks, Jennifer H. Suor, Dana Rusch, Stacy L. Frazier

Gepubliceerd in: Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology | Uitgave 7/2014

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Abstract

Children often respond to aggression by peers with assertive bids or aggressive retaliation. Little is known, however, about whether and how children coordinate these strategies across different types of provocation. The present study examined endorsement of aggressive and assertive responses to hypothetical physical, relational, and verbal provocation in a sample of lower-income children (N = 402, M age = 10.21, SD = 1.46). Latent-profile analysis revealed 3-class models for both aggression and assertion, each reflecting low, moderate, and high levels of endorsement. There was no association between children’s reported use of aggression and assertion. For example, children who endorsed high levels of aggression were equally likely to be classified as low, moderate, or high on assertive responding. For both assertion and aggression, parental ratings of children’s externalizing behavior and social skills differed across the low and high groups. No such differences were found between the low and moderate groups, despite the latter groups endorsing markedly higher levels of assertive and aggressive responses. This pattern of findings may be due, in part, to the situation specificity of children’s responding. Our findings hint at the complexity of children’s behavioral repertoires and contribute to a growing literature that suggests the need for intervention models that consider both social skills and social situations.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Children’s Responses to Hypothetical Provocation by Peers: Coordination of Assertive and Aggressive Strategies
Auteurs
Melanie A. Dirks
Jennifer H. Suor
Dana Rusch
Stacy L. Frazier
Publicatiedatum
01-10-2014
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology / Uitgave 7/2014
Print ISSN: 2730-7166
Elektronisch ISSN: 2730-7174
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-014-9862-0