ERIC Number: EJ924295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
The Effect of Induced Mood on Children's Social Information Processing: Goal Clarification and Response Decision
Harper, Bridgette D.; Lemerise, Elizabeth A.; Caverly, Sarah L.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v38 n5 p575-586 Jul 2010
We investigated whether induced mood influenced the social information processing steps of goal clarification and response decision in 480 1st-3rd graders, and in more selected groups of low accepted-aggressive (n = 39), average accepted-nonaggressive (n = 103), and high accepted-nonaggressive children (n = 68). Children participated in two sessions; in the first session peer assessments were administered. In the second session children were randomly assigned to receive either a happy, angry, or neutral mood induction prior to participating in a social cognitive interview assessing goals, outcome expectancies, and self efficacy for competent, hostile, and passive responses in the context of ambiguous provocations. Results revealed that an angry mood increased focus on instrumental goals. Low accepted-aggressive children were more susceptible to the effects of mood than were high accepted- and average-nonaggressive children. In addition, children's predominant goal orientation was related to children's response decisions; children with predominantly instrumental goals evaluated nonhostile responses to provocation more negatively and had higher self efficacy for hostile responses. Implications and future research directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Goal Orientation, Grade 3, Grade 2, Grade 1, Information Processing, Psychological Patterns, Student Behavior, Aggression, Behavior Problems, Investigations, Feedback (Response), Child Psychology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3
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