ERIC Number: ED179894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Interaction Patterns in Families of Normal and Aggressive Adolescent Males.
Baar, Deborah E.
The interpersonal conditions which may maintain a child's aggression in the family were investigated by observing immediate, ongoing interactions in families of normal and aggressive adolescent sons. Normal-son families (N=6) and aggressive-son families (N=6) were videotaped engaging in a 50-minute discussion of questionnaire items designed to elicite conflict. Behaviors were coded with Leary's four category system of interpersonal behavior. Results indicated that in families with an aggressive son, all members, not just the target son, were more aggressive than normal family members. Unexpectedly, what best distinguished aggressive from normal sons was an indirect, passive style of aggression rather than a more overt style of aggression. What differentiated sequential patterns of interaction in these families was not the behavioral quality of antecedent and response events by parents and son, but rather which family members were most likely to interact together. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)