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ERIC Number: EJ898976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
The Judge Specificity of Evaluations of Youth Social Behavior: The Case of Peer Provocation
Dirks, Melanie A.; Treat, Teresa A.; Weersing, V. Robin
Social Development, v19 n4 p736-757 Nov 2010
Increasingly, theorists have suggested that social competence is an evaluative construct that will vary as a function of who is judging behavior. This study examined how two key groups in children's social environments--peers (N = 663, age range = 10.83-15.25 years) and teachers (N = 49)--rated the effectiveness of different behaviors generated by youth in response to physical, verbal, and relational provocation by peers. Results indicated that youth evaluated aggressive responses as more effective than teachers whereas teachers evaluated seeking an explanation as more effective than youth. Both groups judged responses combining assertive and aggressive elements to be more effective than "pure" aggression. Implications for measurement and intervention models of social competence are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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