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dc.contributor.authorSalaz, John
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-05T22:25:50Z
dc.date.available2012-07-05T22:25:50Z
dc.date.issued2012-07-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/20872
dc.description.abstractHuman aggression is a frequently studied aspect of human behavior. Although great strides have been made not one single theory can fully explain the complexity of aggression. The Social Information Processing model of aggression (Crick and Dodge, 1994) has served as a useful tool to examine differences amongst individuals. This model considers mechanisms through which every individual processes social information, ultimately leading towards behavior. This study examined adolescent aggression through the Social Information Processing model. Participants consisted of 149 male and female students from a large urban school district in southwestern United States. Each participant was assessed with measures of attribution intent, quality of knowledge structures, and reactive-proactive aggression. Correlational analyses revealed significant correlations between attribution intent and aggression, attribution intent and hostile knowledge structures, and attribution intent and proactive aggression. Between group analyses revealed a significant difference between genders on the proactive subscale of aggression only. Between group comparisons failed to reveal gender differences of attribution intent, quality of knowledge structures, proactive-reactive aggression combined, and reactive aggression. Between group comparisons also failed to reveal grade level differences between middle and high school participants on attribution intent, quality of knowledge structures, aggression proactive-reactive combined, proactive subscale and reactive subscale of aggression. Results from this study are consistent with pervious research linking attribution intent and aggression. Findings from this study also support findings that the quality of ones’ knowledge structures may greatly influence social information processing. Contrary to previous studies, this study failed to support the belief that reactive aggression is specificity related to attribution intent. This study failed to reveal a significant correlation between attribution intent and the reactive aggression subtype. Gender analyses from this study revealed differences between males and females on the proactive subscale of aggression only. Although this study is consistent with previous studies regarding attribution intent and the impact knowledge structures play during information processing, there does remain findings which require further examination. Findings from this study are in contradiction with previous studies regarding attribution intent and reactive aggression. Gender differences may also be examined in future studies due to the ambiguous findings in this study.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectAggressionen_US
dc.subjectAdolescent Aggressionen_US
dc.subjectSocial Information Processing Model of Aggressionen_US
dc.subjectReactive-Proactive Aggressionen_US
dc.subject.lcshDecision making in adolescence
dc.subject.lcshAggressiveness in adolescence
dc.titleAdolescent Perceptions and Beliefs of Proactive-Reactive Aggression Explored Through the Social Information Processing Model of Aggression.en_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.degreeEducational Psychologyen_US
dc.description.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Division of Individual, Family and Community Educationen_US
dc.description.advisorFlowerday, Terri
dc.description.committee-memberParkes, Jay
dc.description.committee-memberArmstrong, Jan
dc.description.committee-memberKeim, Jean


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