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The best friendships of aggressive boys: relationship quality, conflict management, and rule-breaking behavior.

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Bagwell, CL; Coie, JD
Published in: Journal of experimental child psychology
May 2004

The current study examined the best friendships of aggressive and nonaggressive boys (N = 96 boys, 48 dyads, mean age = 10.6 years). Friends completed self-report measures of friendship quality, and their interactions were observed in situations that required conflict management and provided opportunities for rule-breaking behavior. Although there were no differences in boys' self-reports of friendship quality, observers rated nonaggressive boys and their friends as showing greater positive engagement, on-task behavior, and reciprocity in their interactions compared with aggressive boys and their friends. Aggressive boys and their friends provided more enticement for rule violations and engaged in more rule-breaking behavior than did nonaggressive boys and their friends. Also, the intensity of negative affect in observed conflicts between aggressive boys and their friends was greater than that between nonaggressive boys and their friends. The findings suggest that friendships may provide different developmental contexts for aggressive and nonaggressive boys.

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Published In

Journal of experimental child psychology

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EISSN

1096-0457

ISSN

0022-0965

Publication Date

May 2004

Volume

88

Issue

1

Start / End Page

5 / 24

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Behavior Disorders
  • Play and Playthings
  • Male
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Humans
  • Friends
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Child
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
 

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Bagwell, C. L., & Coie, J. D. (2004). The best friendships of aggressive boys: relationship quality, conflict management, and rule-breaking behavior. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 88(1), 5–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2003.11.004
Bagwell, Catherine L., and John D. Coie. “The best friendships of aggressive boys: relationship quality, conflict management, and rule-breaking behavior.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 88, no. 1 (May 2004): 5–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2003.11.004.
Bagwell CL, Coie JD. The best friendships of aggressive boys: relationship quality, conflict management, and rule-breaking behavior. Journal of experimental child psychology. 2004 May;88(1):5–24.
Bagwell, Catherine L., and John D. Coie. “The best friendships of aggressive boys: relationship quality, conflict management, and rule-breaking behavior.Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 88, no. 1, May 2004, pp. 5–24. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2003.11.004.
Bagwell CL, Coie JD. The best friendships of aggressive boys: relationship quality, conflict management, and rule-breaking behavior. Journal of experimental child psychology. 2004 May;88(1):5–24.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of experimental child psychology

DOI

EISSN

1096-0457

ISSN

0022-0965

Publication Date

May 2004

Volume

88

Issue

1

Start / End Page

5 / 24

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Behavior Disorders
  • Play and Playthings
  • Male
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Humans
  • Friends
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Child
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder