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NCJ Number: 229433 Find in a Library
Title: Peer Victimization and Social Dominance as Intervening Variables of the Link Between Peer Liking and Relational Aggression
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:102-121
Author(s): Ryan E. Adams; Nancy H. Bartlett; William M. Bukowski
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 20
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined peer victimization and social dominance as potential intervening variables of the link between peer liking and relational aggression in a sample of early adolescents from Quebec, Canada.
Abstract: The current study examined social dominance and peer victimization as possible intervening and moderating variables of the association between peer liking and relational aggression because previous findings suggest that social dominance and peer victimization are important for predicting the acceptableness and success of aggression. A total of 367 5th- and 6th-grade students from Quebec, Canada, completed peer ratings of their classmates on measures of peer liking, relational aggression, social dominance, and peer victimization. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses demonstrated that peer victimization worked as a mediator and a moderator, such that victimization explained the link between peer liking and relational aggression, and that this association was only significant at high levels of peer victimization. Alternatively, social dominance worked as a suppressor, with the link between peer liking and relational aggression becoming stronger once social dominance was controlled in the multiple regression. Social dominance did not moderate the same association. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Aggression; Behavioral science research; Bullying; Peer influences on behavior; Quebec; Victimization
Note: For additional articles in this special issue see NCJ-229429-32 and NCJ-229434-36.
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