Peer rejection and social information-processing factors in the development of aggressive behavior problems in children.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The relation between social rejection and growth in antisocial behavior was investigated. In Study 1,259 boys and girls (34% African American) were followed from Grades 1 to 3 (ages 6-8 years) to Grades 5 to 7 (ages 10-12 years). Early peer rejection predicted growth in aggression. In Study 2,585 boys and girls (16% African American) were followed from kindergarten to Grade 3 (ages 5-8 years), and findings were replicated. Furthermore, early aggression moderated the effect of rejection, such that rejection exacerbated antisocial development only among children initially disposed toward aggression. In Study 3, social information-processing patterns measured in Study 1 were found to mediate partially the effect of early rejection on later aggression. In Study 4, processing patterns measured in Study 2 replicated the mediation effect. Findings are integrated into a recursive model of antisocial development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dodge, KA; Lansford, JE; Burks, VS; Bates, JE; Pettit, GS; Fontaine, R; Price, JM

Published Date

  • March 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 374 - 393

PubMed ID

  • 12705561

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2764280

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1467-8624.7402004


  • eng