ERIC Number: EJ737785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Relational Aggression in Sibling and Peer Relationships during Early Childhood
Ostrov, Jamie M.; Crick, Nicki R.; Stauffacher, Kirstin
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v27 n3 p241-253 May-Jun 2006
The role of siblings ("N" = 50) in the display of physical and relational aggression among peers during early childhood was explored. Specifically, sibling pairs' rates of physical and relational aggression were assessed in their independent social contexts. Findings indicated low to moderate levels of intercorrelation between physical and relational aggression and moderate levels of stability for both physical and relational aggression across an academic year. Observations revealed that older sisters were more relationally aggressive than older brothers, whereas older brothers were more physically aggressive than older sisters. Older siblings directed more aggressive behavior to same-sex peers than did their younger siblings. Older sibling's relational aggression predicted younger sibling's use of relational aggression towards peers. In addition, older sibling's physical aggression predicted younger sibling's physical aggression with peers. This study reveals the importance of a multi-contextual approach (i.e., school and family influences) in understanding the development of aggression and in providing a guide for future interventions.
Descriptors: Aggression, Siblings, Peer Relationship, Young Children, Social Environment, Predictor Variables, Age Differences, Correlation, Intervention, Gender Differences, Context Effect
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