Indirect aggression and parental attachment in early adolescence: Examining the role of perspective taking and empathetic concern
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AbstractThis study examined the unique and interactive roles of parental attachment and empathy in indirect aggression during early adolescence. A sample of 6301 early adolescents (49.2% boys and 50.8% girls) in urban China, aged from 11 to 14 years, completed self-administrated measures of parent-adolescent attachment, empathy, and indirect aggression. Results indicated that perspective taking was negatively associated with indirect aggression, and empathetic concern was not related to indirect aggression. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed that perspective taking moderated the association between empathetic concern and boys' indirect aggression. The findings highlighted that empathetic concern might not be a sufficient protective factor of indirect aggression for boys with low levels of perspective taking during early adolescence.
CitationLi, X. et al. (2015) Indirect aggression and parental attachment in early adolescence: Examining the role of perspective taking and empathetic concern, Personality and Individual Differences, 86, pp. 499-503.
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
SponsorsThe study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30972496).
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