ERIC Number: EJ888926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
It Takes Two to Fight in School, Too: A Social Relations Model of the Psychometric Properties and Relative Variance of Dyadic Aggression and Victimization in Middle School
Card, Noel A.; Hodges, Ernest V. E.
Social Development, v19 n3 p447-469 Aug 2010
Aggressive behavior has been well studied in terms of interindividual differences among aggressors and victims, but has been understudied, especially within naturalistic contexts, in terms of aggressor-victim relationships. The social relations model (SRM) is a powerful conceptual and analytic tool for studying dyadic phenomena, and we describe the use of multivariate SRM to study aggression. Boys and girls (N = 210) in middle schools (sixth and seventh grades) completed a newly created dyadic aggression and victimization inventory (DAVI). Results support the reliability and validity of the DAVI in assessing inter-individual and inter-dyadic differences in aggression and victimization. Occurrences of aggression were accounted for primarily by inter-dyadic variability, indicating the importance of considering aggressor-victim relationships. We discuss the implications of this relationship focus for future research and intervention efforts.
Descriptors: Aggression, Middle School Students, Individual Differences, Peer Relationship, Models, Psychometrics, Measures (Individuals), Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
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