Date of Award

Fall 12-2013

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Applied Developmental Psychology



Major Professor

Monica Marsee, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Paul Frick, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Robert Laird, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Carl Weems, Ph.D.

Fifth Advisor

Michelle Martel, Ph.D.


Although internalizing and externalizing problems are often considered in isolation from one another, the frequently co-occur in individuals leading to unique behavior profiles. The current study examined the associations between the forms, functions, and subtypes of aggression, anxiety, hostile attributional bias (HAB), and perceived (proactive or reactive) provocateur motivation in a sample of youth (mean age = 13.84 years, 51% male, 37.5% Caucasian). Results indicated that only reactive relational aggression significantly predicted anxiety, while relational and reactive aggression did not. HAB was not significantly associated with either anxiety or any type of aggression. Perceived proactive provocateur motivation was significantly associated with anxiety, but not aggression, and reactive motivation was not significantly associated with either. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.


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