ERIC Number: EJ891094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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Adolescents' Social Reasoning about Relational Aggression
Goldstein, Sara E.; Tisak, Marie S.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v19 n4 p471-482 Aug 2010
We examined early adolescents' reasoning about relational aggression, and the links that their reasoning has to their own relationally aggressive behavior. Thinking about relational aggression was compared to thinking about physical aggression, conventional violations, and personal behavior. In individual interviews, adolescents (N = 103) rated the acceptability of relational aggression, physical aggression, conventional violations, and personal behavior, and justified their ratings. Results indicated that adolescents' views about relational aggression are complex. Although gossip was viewed as very wrong (comparable to beliefs about physical aggression), exclusion was perceived to be somewhat acceptable (less wrong than conventional violations, but more wrong than personal behaviors). With regard to associations between beliefs about aggression and aggressive behavior, the results indicated that beliefs about gossip were associated with gossiping behavior, and that beliefs about physical aggression were associated with physically aggressive behavior. No links emerged between beliefs about exclusion and exclusionary behavior. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed within the frameworks of social domain theory and social information processing models of aggressive behavior.
Descriptors: Aggression, Adolescents, Interpersonal Relationship, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Interviews, Social Attitudes, Verbal Communication, Social Isolation
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