ERIC Number: EJ838531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Do Perceived Popular Adolescents Who Aggress against Others Experience Emotional Adjustment Problems Themselves?
Rose, Amanda J.; Swenson, Lance P.
Developmental Psychology, v45 n3 p868-872 May 2009
Aggression is associated with a host of behavioral, social, and emotional adjustment difficulties. However, some aggressive youth are perceived as "popular" by peers. Although these perceived popular aggressive youth appear relatively well adjusted, especially in the social domain, the emotional well-being of these youth is understudied. The current findings indicate that perceived popularity buffers adolescents who hurt others through relational aggression from internalizing symptoms. In contrast, perceived popularity did not buffer adolescents who engaged in overt verbal and physical aggression from internalizing symptoms. The results suggest that relationally aggressive perceived popular adolescents may be especially resistant to intervention if their aggression helps them manipulate their social worlds but does not contribute to internalizing symptoms. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Aggression, Adolescents, Emotional Adjustment, Peer Acceptance, Grade 7, Grade 9, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 9; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Childrens Depression Inventory