Date of Award
Applied Developmental Psychology
Dr. Monica Marsee, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Frick, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Laird, Ph.D.
Dr. Michelle Martel, Ph.D.
Dr. Carl Weems, Ph.D.
Research on factors that contribute to the forms and functions of aggression (reactive, proactive, relational, and overt) is important for informing intervention efforts with aggressive youth. Previous research shows that aggressive youth often have cognitive and social deficits associated with their aggressive behavior. For example, aggressive youth may exhibit deficits in social variables such as social intelligence (i.e., the understanding of behaviors of people and ability to predict outcomes of situations). Hypothetically, this lack of social intelligence may be related to how youth interpret social situations, and could conceivably lead to hostile attributional bias, or the tendency to interpret ambiguous stimuli as hostile. The main purpose of this study was to examine whether HAB mediated the relationship between social intelligence and reactive relational aggression in a sample of detained adolescent boys (ages 12-18). The results failed to support this hypothesis. Supplemental analyses explored whether HAB moderated the relationship between social intelligence and the subtypes of aggression, but results were not consistent with this hypothesis.
Fassnacht, Gregory M., "The Association between Hostile Attribution Bias, Social Intelligence, and Relational Aggression in Detained Boys" (2013). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1735.