Direct Aggression and the Balance between Status and Affection Goals in Adolescence

Jelle J. Sijtsema*, Siegwart M. Lindenberg, Tiina J. Ojanen, Christina Salmivalli

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Previous studies have shown that status goals motivate direct forms of interpersonal aggression. However, status goals have been studied mostly in isolation from affection goals. It is theorized that the means by which status and affection goals are satisfied change during adolescence, which can affect aggression. This is tested in a pooled sample of (pre)adolescents (N = 1536; 49% girls; ages 10-15), by examining associations between status goals and direct aggression and the moderating role of affection goals. As hypothesized, with increasing age, status goals were more strongly associated with direct aggression. Moreover, for older adolescents, status goals were only associated with aggression when affection goals were weak. These findings support the changing relationship between status goals and direct aggression during adolescence.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1481-1491
Aantal pagina's11
TijdschriftJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Nummer van het tijdschrift7
StatusPublished - jul.-2020

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