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A Relational Perspective on Aggression: The Role of Friends, Victims, and Unfamiliar Peers in the Use of Aggressive Behavior

Abstract Aggression is inherently social. Evolutionary theories, for instance, suggest that the peer group within which an aggressor is embedded is of central importance to the use of aggression. However, there is disagreement in the field with regard to understanding precisely how aggression and peer relationships should relate. As such, in a series of three empirical studies, my dissertation takes a relational approach and addresses some of the inconsistencies present in the extant literature. In Study 1, I examined how qualities of youth's close friendships contributed to the use of aggression, both concurrently and over time. I found that youth with large friendship networks were more aggressive, whereas those with highly interconnected frie... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Andrews, Naomi Cynthia Zabrack (Author) / Hanish, Laura D (Advisor) / Updegraff, Kimberly A (Committee member) / DeLay, Dawn (Committee member) / Martin, Carol Lynn (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Developmental psychology / Aggression / Friendships / Peer Relationships / Social Status / Victimization / Youth
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 141 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Family and Human Development 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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