ERIC Number: EJ1068508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Anger Rumination and Autism Spectrum Disorder-Linked Perseveration in the Experience of Aggression in the General Population
Pugliese, Cara E.; Fritz, Matthew S.; White, Susan W.
Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, v19 n6 p704-712 Aug 2015
This study (a) examined the role of anger rumination as a mediator of the relation between social anxiety and the experience of anger, hostility, and aggression, in the general population, and (b) evaluated the degree to which the presence of autism spectrum disorder characteristics moderates the indirect influence of anger rumination. We then explored whether social cognition and perseveration characteristic of autism spectrum disorder uniquely accounted for the predicted moderation. In this survey study of young adults (n?=?948), anger rumination mediated the relation between social anxiety and hostility, as well as verbal and physical aggression, as predicted. Greater autism spectrum disorder characteristics augmented the effect of social anxiety on hostility and physical aggression by increasing the effect of anger rumination, but not by increasing the effect of social anxiety on anger rumination. Implications for developing treatment approaches that target hostility and aggression among young adults who may not be formally diagnosed but have characteristics of autism spectrum disorder are discussed.
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Anxiety, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Social Cognition, Aggression, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Behavior Problems, Young Adults, Verbal Communication, Undergraduate Students, Questionnaires, Grade Point Average, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DA 009757