ERIC Number: EJ1100830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Understanding Aggression through Attachment and Social Emotional Competence in Korean Middle School Students
You, Sukkyung; Kim, Ann Y.
School Psychology International, v37 n3 p255-270 Jun 2016
In recent years, increase in adolescent crime in the Republic of Korea has put adolescent aggression in the spotlight. This study examines whether the quality of attachment to parents and peers influences aggressive behaviors and whether social emotional competencies serve as significant mediators for middle school students. These relationships were investigated between gender groups. A full mediational model better explained the male sample while a partial mediational model better explained the female sample. Specifically, parent and peer attachment was found to have indirect effects on aggression via behavioral self-control among boys, whereas for girls, parent attachment was found to have both direct and indirect effects on aggression via empathy and behavioral self-control. The findings of the study underscore the importance of parent and peer attachment during adolescent years. Significant implications for teachers and school psychologists as well as aggression-prevention program developers are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Aggression, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Student Behavior, Attachment Behavior, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Relationship, Gender Differences, Influences, Self Control, Empathy, Prevention, Interpersonal Competence, Structural Equation Models, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Behavioral and Emotional Rating Scale; Interpersonal Reactivity Index; Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment