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ERIC Number: EJ1062160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Children's Moral Self-Concept: The Role of Aggression and Parent-Child Relationships
Sengsavang, Sonia; Krettenauer, Tobias
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v61 n2 Article 1 p213-235 Apr 2015
This study examined the role of aggressiveness and parenting in the development of children's moral self-concept. Participants were 198 elementary school children and their parents (M = 8.65 years, SD = 2.44). Participants completed a structured moral self puppet interview and a questionnaire about their relationship to parents. Parents completed a questionnaire measuring their children's aggressiveness. Results indicated that children who were more aggressive scored significantly lower on the moral self than did less aggressive children. Positive parent-child relationships predicted higher scores on children's moral selves. Finally, negative parent-child interaction moderated the effect of aggression, with negative associations between aggression and children's moral self exacerbated at high levels of negative parent-child interaction, and attenuated at lower levels. This study elucidates the importance of aggression and parenting in accounting for differences in children's moral self.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada