Examining hostile attribution of intent, relational provocation, and physical aggression in girls


Examining hostile attribution of intent, relational provocation, and physical aggression in girls

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dc.contributor.advisor Sander, Janay Boswell
dc.creator Amoscato, Laura Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-15T20:02:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-15T20:02:15Z
dc.date.created 2012-08
dc.date.issued 2012-11-15
dc.date.submitted August 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-08-5998
dc.description.abstract Hostile attribution of intent (HAI) is a social information processing pattern that reflects a distorted interpretation of ambiguous social situations as overly negative, personal, and aggressive, leading to further aggression. Previous research has documented the existence of HAI in connection with relational aggression among adolescent girls, but little is known about the role of HAI and physical aggression in this population. This qualitative study explored the experiences of adolescent girls involved in physical fights with another girl in order to determine the types of provocation that led to physical aggression. Participants were 11 girls, ages 15 to 17 years, and 7 parent participants of the girls. School disciplinary records were used to identify participants for the study. All girls who had a disciplinary record for engaging in a physical fight with another female student were invited to participate. A semi-structured interview was conducted, and the parents were given a single-question survey related to socioeconomic status. Data were analyzed using Consensual Qualitative Research as described by Hill, Thompson, and Williams (1997). The study participants reported that relational provocations, such as “talking mess” and “mean mugging,” led to physical aggression. They also noted that the type of help offered by adults to reduce conflict was not effective. Many participants reported receiving messages from adults implying it was acceptable to fight, provided that the participant won the fight. Finally, participants reported that disrespect is an acceptable and expected reason to get into a physical fight.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Physical aggression
dc.subject Relational aggression
dc.subject Hostile attribution
dc.subject Adolescent girls
dc.title Examining hostile attribution of intent, relational provocation, and physical aggression in girls
dc.date.updated 2012-11-15T20:02:22Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2012-08-5998
dc.contributor.committeeMember Carlson, Cindy
dc.contributor.committeeMember Keith, Timothy
dc.contributor.committeeMember Loukas, Alexandra
dc.contributor.committeeMember Aguilar, Jemel
dc.description.department Educational Psychology
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Educational Psychology
thesis.degree.discipline Educational Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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