M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Aggressiveness in adolescence--Middle West
The present study was designed to assess whether behaviors defined as relationally aggressive in previous research would (1) be salient to an adolescent sample (n = 133, 9th-12th graders), (2) be perceived as a common response to open-ended questions about anger and intent to harm (and, therefore, "aggressive"), and (3) be perceived as a common response to open-ended questions about establishing social position. In addition, this study investigated (4) whether gender would influence the degree to which relational aggression would be seen as more or less common in response to the aforementioned open-ended questions. Results of the study suggest that relational aggression is salient to an adolescent sample, that it is perceived as common for all questions (and therefore is aggressive), and that the degree to which it is seen as common is partly as a function of respondent, aggressor, and target gender. This study extends previous research on relational aggression and represents the first evidence of these findings for an adolescent sample.
Martens, Jeffrey W., "Examining relationally aggressive behaviors in adolescence" (2000). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 2972.
vi, 119 pages
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