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Frick, Paul J.
This study attempts to further test the importance of distinguishing between the reactive, proactive, relational, and overt forms of aggression by examining the distinct correlates to these types of aggression and test potential gender differences in these correlates. This study also attempts to tie research on aggression with research on bullying . A sample of 282, 4th through 6th graders were surveyed on instruments meant to assess the subtypes of aggression, as well as their correlates. Participants were placed in categories based on self-reports and peer ratings of whether they acted as bullies and/or whether they were victims of bullying. Results indicated that reactive aggression was associated with anger dysregulation and impulsivity in both boys and girls. Reactive relational aggression remained associated with anger dysregulation and impulsivity when controlling for overt aggression in girls but not boys. Proactive overt aggression was associated with CU traits in boys. Boy bullies were more reactively aggressive, whereas girl bullies and bully/victims were high on both reactive and proactive aggression.
Crapanzano, Ann, "Examining Cognitive and Emotional Correlates to Proactive and Reactive Relational and Overt Aggression in a Community Sample" (2007). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 601.