ERIC Number: EJ926713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Biased Self-Perceptions, Peer Rejection, and Aggression in Children
White, Bradley A.; Kistner, Janet A.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v39 n5 p645-656 Jul 2011
This study examined whether children's biased self-perceptions of peer acceptance are associated in a linear or curvilinear fashion with aggression, whether associations are moderated by peer rejection status, and whether associations apply uniquely to reactive aggression. Children in the 4th through 7th grades completed a self-report measure on their social functioning (SPPC; Harter 1982), and teachers reported on children's social functioning and aggression. Self-perceptual bias was operationalized as the standardized residual difference between children's self-perceptions and their teachers' perceptions of their peer acceptance. Rejected status moderated associations between biased self-perceptions and reactive aggression. Among non-rejected children, biased perceptions were not significantly associated with reactive aggression. In contrast, among peer-rejected children, reactive aggression was elevated in those who greatly underestimated as well as in those who even modestly overestimated their peer acceptance. This pattern was observed whether or not proactive aggression was statistically controlled. In contrast, biased self-perceptions were not associated with proactive aggression for rejected or nonrejected children. Implications are discussed with regard to future research and potential interventions for aggressive children.
Descriptors: Aggression, Self Concept, Peer Acceptance, Rejection (Psychology), Correlation, Teacher Attitudes, Intervention, Children
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