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Boys’ and Girls’ Relational and Physical Aggression in Nine Countries.

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Lansford, JE; Skinner, AT; Sorbring, E; Di Giunta, L; Deater-Deckard, K; Dodge, KA; Malone, PS; Oburu, P; Pastorelli, C; Tapanya, S; Zelli, A ...
Published in: Aggressive behavior
July 2012

Distinguishing between relational and physical aggression has become a key feature of many developmental studies in North America and Western Europe, but very little information is available on relational and physical aggression in more diverse cultural contexts. This study examined the factor structure of, associations between, and gender differences in relational and physical aggression in China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. Children ages 7–10 years (N = 1,410) reported on their relationally and physically aggressive behavior. Relational and physical aggression shared a common factor structure across countries. In all nine countries, relational and physical aggression were significantly correlated (average r = .49). Countries differed in the mean levels of both relational and physical aggression that children reported using and with respect to whether children reported using more physical than relational aggression or more relational than physical aggression. Boys reported being more physically aggressive than girls across all nine countries; no consistent gender differences emerged in relational aggression. Despite mean-level differences in relational and physical aggression across countries, the findings provided support for cross-country similarities in associations between relational and physical aggression as well as links between gender and aggression.

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Aggressive behavior

DOI

EISSN

1098-2337

ISSN

0096-140X

Publication Date

July 2012

Volume

38

Issue

4

Start / End Page

298 / 308

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Thailand
  • Sweden
  • Sex Factors
  • Self Concept
  • Philippines
  • Peer Group
  • Male
  • Kenya
  • Jordan
 

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Lansford, J. E., Skinner, A. T., Sorbring, E., Di Giunta, L., Deater-Deckard, K., Dodge, K. A., … Chang, L. (2012). Boys’ and Girls’ Relational and Physical Aggression in Nine Countries. Aggressive Behavior, 38(4), 298–308. https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21433
Lansford, Jennifer E., Ann T. Skinner, Emma Sorbring, Laura Di Giunta, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Kenneth A. Dodge, Patrick S. Malone, et al. “Boys’ and Girls’ Relational and Physical Aggression in Nine Countries.Aggressive Behavior 38, no. 4 (July 2012): 298–308. https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21433.
Lansford JE, Skinner AT, Sorbring E, Di Giunta L, Deater-Deckard K, Dodge KA, et al. Boys’ and Girls’ Relational and Physical Aggression in Nine Countries. Aggressive behavior. 2012 Jul;38(4):298–308.
Lansford, Jennifer E., et al. “Boys’ and Girls’ Relational and Physical Aggression in Nine Countries.Aggressive Behavior, vol. 38, no. 4, July 2012, pp. 298–308. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ab.21433.
Lansford JE, Skinner AT, Sorbring E, Di Giunta L, Deater-Deckard K, Dodge KA, Malone PS, Oburu P, Pastorelli C, Tapanya S, Tirado LMU, Zelli A, Al-Hassan SM, Alampay LP, Bacchini D, Bombi AS, Bornstein MH, Chang L. Boys’ and Girls’ Relational and Physical Aggression in Nine Countries. Aggressive behavior. 2012 Jul;38(4):298–308.
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Published In

Aggressive behavior

DOI

EISSN

1098-2337

ISSN

0096-140X

Publication Date

July 2012

Volume

38

Issue

4

Start / End Page

298 / 308

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Thailand
  • Sweden
  • Sex Factors
  • Self Concept
  • Philippines
  • Peer Group
  • Male
  • Kenya
  • Jordan