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NCJ Number: 217789 Find in a Library
Title: Early Adolescents' Conceptions of Parental and Friend Authority Over Relational Aggression
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:August 2006  Pages:344-364
Author(s): Sara E. Goldstein; Marie S. Tisak
Date Published: August 2006
Page Count: 21
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed early adolescents’ beliefs about parental and friend jurisdiction over relationally aggressive behavior.
Abstract: The adolescents in the study believed that parental jurisdiction was more acceptable with regard to physical aggression than with regard to gossip or peer exclusion. Adolescents also thought that parental jurisdiction over exclusion as less acceptable than parental authority over the personal behaviors of a getting a new haircut and deciding when to go to sleep. The study provides initial evidence as to how young adolescents conceptualize external jurisdiction over relationally aggressive behavior. Relational aggression and victimization represent significant concerns for child and adolescent psychosocial development and mental health. The purpose of this study was to compare early adolescents’ beliefs about parental and friend jurisdiction over relational aggression to their beliefs about parental and friend jurisdiction over physical aggression and personal behaviors. The study sample consisted of 103 adolescents from 3 public middle schools in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Adolescent attitudes
Index Term(s): Aggression; Attitudes toward authority; Juvenile attitudes toward authority; Parental attitudes; Parental influence; Personality assessment; Problem behavior
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