Marital conflict, mother-son interaction, and sons' aggression with peers

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Robert Charles Lisson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carol MacKinnon-Lewis

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to examine whether boys' aggression towards peers would be predicted by parental marital conflict and negative mother-son interaction. While previous investigations had linked marital conflict with mother-son negativity, and mother-son negativity with son's aggression towards peers, this project sought to extend earlier work by linking all three constructs simultaneously. Subjects were 107 mother-son pairs recruited from a local school system. Sons ranged in age from 7-10. Mothers were both married (n=84) and divorced (n=23). Marital conflict was measured through mothers' responses to a marital conflict questionnaire, while mother-son negativity was measured through the observation and coding of mother-son interaction, during a structured interactional task. Sons' teachers responded to a questionnaire assessing the sons' aggression within the peer context. A proposed path model and ANOVA were both tested, not only for the entire sample, but also separately for married and divorced subjects. While none of the path models or ANOVA's reached significance, it is noted that path model results were markedly different for the married vs. divorced subjects.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
Aggressiveness in children
Mothers and sons

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