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ERIC Number: ED525216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 97
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-0266-3
Agreement of Peer and Teacher Perceptions of Aggression in Fifth-Grade Students
Appleton, Carolyn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Drexel University
A large body of literature suggests the importance of examining certain high-risk behaviors, particularly aggression (overt/relational), as significant predictors of later outcomes as violence, substance abuse, and some forms of psychopathology. The literature also shows that agreement on these high-risk behaviors is inconsistent across raters. With social-cognitive theory forming its foundation, this study examined whether teacher-identified individual child-rater characteristics define the relationship between peer- and teacher-correlations on measures of overt and relational aggression. Additionally, prosocial behaviors were measured, as one potential contributing variable toward the aforementioned discrepancies. Participants were fifth-grade, urban students from schools located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Teachers and participating children completed rating scales to identify early high-risk (overt and relational aggression) and prosocial behaviors. While lack of power limited ability to detect significance within the current sample, a review of the literature suggests that characteristics of the child-rater might influence the strength of correlations between teacher- and peer-ratings. Trends reviewed suggest that children who display overtly and/or relationally aggressive behaviors rate their peers differently than do nonaggressive children. Additional research with a larger sample size is needed to determine the true impact child-rater characteristics may have on their ratings of their peers. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania