ERIC Number: EJ775662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 113
The Development of Interpersonal Aggression during Adolescence: The Importance of Parents, Siblings, and Family Economics
Williams, Shannon Tierney; Conger, Katherine Jewsbury; Blozis, Shelley A.
Child Development, v78 n5 p1526-1542 Sep-Oct 2007
Latent growth curve modeling employed data from a longitudinal study of 451 sibling families to examine parents, siblings, and family economics as factors in individual differences in the developmental course of interpersonal aggression during adolescence. Findings suggest that individual change in interpersonal aggression during adolescence can be predicted by the gender and aggression of one's sibling; predictions varied by the gender composition of the sibling dyad. Rates of parental hostility predicted levels of interpersonal aggression for both older (mean age = 12 years) and younger siblings (mean age = 15), and growth in aggression for younger siblings. Family economic pressure predicted interpersonal aggression of both siblings indirectly through parental hostility. Implications for future research and preventive interventions are discussed.
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Siblings, Aggression, Interpersonal Relationship, Longitudinal Studies, Sibling Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Family Relationship, Adolescents, Family Income, Gender Differences, Predictor Variables, Personality Traits
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