ERIC Number: ED417822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-5
The Mediating Effect of Sociomoral Judgments about Aggression on the Relation between Hostile Attributional Style and Antisocial Conduct.
Fontaine, Reid G.; Burks, Virginia Salzer; Dodge, Kenneth A.
This study examined how sociomoral judgments and other evaluations of aggression related to potentially aggressogenic social-cognitive factors and patterns of conduct problem behaviors. Participating were 124 ninth graders in the seventh, eighth, or ninth year of a developmental research project on social competence. Subjects were assessed across social cognitive dimensions after imagining themselves involved in interactions portrayed in six videotaped vignettes. Subjects responded to vignette-based questions representing sociomoral judgments and multiple components of social information processing. The findings indicated that: (1) sociomoral judgments about possible aggressive responses across varied social contexts consistently predicted externalizing problems; and (2) sociomoral judgments about aggression mediated the relation between hostile attributional style and externalizing behavior. The findings suggest that sociomoral judgments about aggression play a crucial role in the tendency to react aggressively. (Contains 77 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A