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作者 Henry, Endra Kiesha
書名 Self-concept and deviant processing of social cues: The influence of children's self-concept on their mental access of aggressive responses, hostile attributional biases, and aggressive behavior
國際標準書號 9780542170966
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說明 137 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-05, Section: B, page: 2823
Adviser: Morris Eagle
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Adelphi University, The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, 2005
This study examined the relationship between children's self-concept and their tendencies to attribute hostile motives to the actions of others, to generate aggressive solutions in situations of interpersonal conflict or provocation, and to engage in aggressive responding. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students completed the Self Perception Profile for Children (SPPC) to index their global self-worth and assess their perceptions of their competence in each of five domains. The children were also presented with hypothetical scenarios depicting two types of social situations and asked to articulate what they would do if they were personally involved in the scenarios and why the peer portrayed in each scenario acted in the manner described. Responses to these questions are presumed to measure the social-cognitive constructs of response accessing and intent attribution, respectively. The children's teachers completed the Narcissism Rating Scale, the Aggressive Behavior-Teacher Checklist, and a teacher version of the SPPC for each of their participant-students
Results indicated that children's global self-worth and domain-specific self-esteem do not as reliably predict their processing of social cues, or their tendency to engage in aggressive responding, as their emotional investment in grandiose self-views. Results also indicated that narcissism was implicated, in interactions with self-reported self-esteem, teacher-rated self-esteem, and perceptual bias, in maladjustment in psychological and social functioning, so that children who were judged to be high in narcissism but who were otherwise comparable to their peers were found to exhibit a greater tendency to generate aggressive solutions in situations of interpersonal conflict or provocation, and to exhibit more aggressive responding in such situations
These findings call into question the centrality that has been afforded self-concept in the myriad strategies that have been devised to reduce levels of child aggression and indicate that clinical and educational interventions intended to curb aggression and deviant processing of social cues should focus not on boosting self-esteem, but on moderating narcissism, given that children who are most prone to engage in deviant social information processing and aggressive responding are those who are preoccupied with validating a grandiose self-image---not those who simply possess a non-optimal level of self-esteem
School code: 0830
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-05B
主題 Psychology, Behavioral
Psychology, Social
Psychology, Clinical
Alt Author Adelphi University, The Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
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