ERIC Number: EJ789337
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Preschoolers' Aggression and Parent-Child Conflict: A Multiinformant and Multimethod Study
Ostrov, Jamie M.; Bishop, Christa M.
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v99 n4 p309-322 Apr 2008
This multiinformant and multimethod study (N = 47) investigated the link between the parent-child relationship system and the display of physical and relational aggression with peers at school during early childhood. Children (mean age = 43.54 months, SD = 8.02) were observed (80 min/child) during free play, and parents and teachers were asked to complete several standard measures. Intercorrelations between aggression subtypes revealed moderate to high levels of correlation for parents and teachers and no significant association for observations of physical and relational aggression. Interinformant agreement was examined, and teachers and parents were found to significantly agree for both physical and relational aggression, and teachers and observers also significantly agreed for both subtypes of aggression. Results of regression analyses suggest that parent-child conflict was uniquely associated with relational aggression among peers when controlling for physical aggression and gender. Ways in which these findings build on the extant literature are discussed.
Descriptors: Play, Aggression, Conflict, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Correlation, Peer Relationship, Child Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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