Automatic Versus Reflective Social Problem Solving in Relation to Children's Sociometric Status

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Children's automatic and reflective social problem-solving skills were compared by requiring them to generate solutions to hypothetical social problems immediately after hearing them or after being required to wait 20 s before answering. When responding immediately, a condition designed to evoke Ss' automatic response tendencies, both aggressive and nonaggressive, rejected boys generated fewer verbal assertion responses and more conflict-escalating responses than did nonrejected boys. When required to delay before responding, a condition that encouraged reflective reasoning, only the responses of aggressive rejected boys differed from those of nonrejected boys. Similar status-related differences in the solutions proposed by female Ss were not found. The implications of these findings for aggressive and rejected children's social problem-solving deficiencies are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rabiner, DL; Lenhart, L; Lochman, JE

Published Date

  • January 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1010 - 1016

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1649

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0012-1649.26.6.1010

Citation Source

  • Scopus