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ERIC Number: EJ931235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1918-5227
Conflict Interpretation: A Comparison of Canadian and Italian Aggressive and Non-Aggressive Youth
Smorti, Andrea; Ciucci, Enrica; McKeough, Anne; Malcolm, Jennifer; Bremner, Dawn
Exceptionality Education International, v20 n1 p49-61 2010
The impact of persistent aggression on youths' social and psychological well being is well documented. What is less well understood is the shaping effect of cultural differences on how such conflict is experienced and responded to. In this study, we asked youth to write a story about a conflict they experienced and describe their associated feelings. Participants included Canadian and Italian girls and boys from grades 4 and 7 who were rated by their teachers as either aggressive or non-aggressive. Results indicated that although there were no significant main effects for behavioural group or country in the description of the conflict, significant differences appeared in participants' descriptions of associated feelings. Specifically, non-aggressive participants were significantly better at generating psychological interpretations of actors' intentions and experienced significantly more congruent associated feelings. Additionally, Canadian participants were significantly better than Italian participants in generating psychological interpretation of conflicts. (Contains 1 table.)
Exceptionality Education International. University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology, 6-102 Education North, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-0800; Fax: 780-492-1318; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Italy