Mounts, Nina S.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Aggressiveness in adolescence; Anger in adolescence; Parent and child; Developmental psychology
The current thesis project investigated two parental influences on adolescents' hostile intent attributions and aggression - mothers' hostile intent attributions regarding adolescents' peers and management of peer relationships. Consistent with the small literature on parent-child concordance of hostile attributions, mothers' instrumental hostile intent attributions (IHIAs) were related in a positive fashion to adolescents' hostile attributions about peers in the same scenarios. Findings were the first among a sample of mothers and adolescents older than fifth grade. There was some evidence for an interactive effect of mothers' instrumental hostile attributions on higher levels of boys', but not girls', overt aggression. Mothers' peer-management behaviors were not related to adolescents' hostile attributions or aggression, and they did not mediate relations between mothers' hostile attributions and adolescents' aggression. There was some evidence to suggest that mothers' hostile attribution biases regarding relational peer conflict were related to lower levels of consulting about peers.
Gerardy, Haeli, "Exploring the link between attribution biases and aggressive behavior among adolescents : are parents' attributions and management of peers contributing factors?" (2014). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3029.
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