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Study of aggression related to coping, self-appreciation and social supportamong adolescents

Study of aggression related to coping, self-appreciation and social supportamong adolescents The goal of our study is to identify possible sources of aggressivity, such asthe self-appreciation and modalities of coping used by the teenage participants.Our analysis refers to gender, self-image, coping modalities) and socialvariables (differences of support, class) of the surveyed teenagers. The usedinstruments were: Anger Expression Scale (Spielberger et al, 1985); Ways of Coping Scale(Lazarus & Folkman,1985); Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (Rosenberg 1965). Theparticipants were 447 students of 11th and 12th grade,with a mean age of 17,4 years old. The results show a significant correlationbetween the level of self-appreciation, modalities of coping and level ofaggressive expression. The inward or outward orientation of aggression showsdifferences depending on the subject’s gender. Self-appreciation ismore positive among boys and is strongly related to the expression of aggressionand used coping modalities. There is also evidence of significant interactionbetween suppressed anger and self appreciation. Inwardly expressed anger wasmore associated with avoidant coping, and outwardly expressed anger with planfulproblem – solving, distancing and self-controlling. The offensiveactions and type of study also show noteworthy interactions. Analysis ofvariance suggested that easier anger expression is indicative of the occurrenceof hostile acts in the last six months. The general manifestation of anger andthe outwardly expressed anger considerably interact with differences of thesocial support from their fathers perceived by our participants. The support ofmothers was especially significantly related to suppressed anger. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordic Psychology American Psychological Association

Study of aggression related to coping, self-appreciation and social supportamong adolescents

Nordic Psychology , Volume 63 (4): 21 – Dec 1, 2011

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American Psychological Association
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Copyright © 2011 The authors & Nordic Psychology
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1901-2276
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1904-0016
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10.1027/1901-2276/a000044
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Abstract

The goal of our study is to identify possible sources of aggressivity, such asthe self-appreciation and modalities of coping used by the teenage participants.Our analysis refers to gender, self-image, coping modalities) and socialvariables (differences of support, class) of the surveyed teenagers. The usedinstruments were: Anger Expression Scale (Spielberger et al, 1985); Ways of Coping Scale(Lazarus & Folkman,1985); Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (Rosenberg 1965). Theparticipants were 447 students of 11th and 12th grade,with a mean age of 17,4 years old. The results show a significant correlationbetween the level of self-appreciation, modalities of coping and level ofaggressive expression. The inward or outward orientation of aggression showsdifferences depending on the subject’s gender. Self-appreciation ismore positive among boys and is strongly related to the expression of aggressionand used coping modalities. There is also evidence of significant interactionbetween suppressed anger and self appreciation. Inwardly expressed anger wasmore associated with avoidant coping, and outwardly expressed anger with planfulproblem – solving, distancing and self-controlling. The offensiveactions and type of study also show noteworthy interactions. Analysis ofvariance suggested that easier anger expression is indicative of the occurrenceof hostile acts in the last six months. The general manifestation of anger andthe outwardly expressed anger considerably interact with differences of thesocial support from their fathers perceived by our participants. The support ofmothers was especially significantly related to suppressed anger.

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Nordic PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Dec 1, 2011

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