Overt and Relational Aggression Participant Role Behavior: Measurement and Relations With Sociometric Status and Depression

Deborah M. Casper, Noel A. Card, Sheri Bauman, Russell B. Toomey

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Abstract

This study is the first to measure participant role behavior across overt and relational forms of aggression. The Overt and Relational Aggression Participant Role Behavior Scales were designed to measure aggression, assisting, reinforcing, defending, victimization, and outsider behavior during acts of peer aggression in an ethnically diverse sample of 609 adolescents (M age = 12 years). The data fit the hypothesized 12-factor model, and measurement invariance was established across gender. Relational victimization, but not overt victimization, was positively associated with all other relational aggression roles. Each participant role subscale was positively associated with depressive symptoms with the exception of the overt and relational outsider subscales. Future research and intervention efforts should consider overt and relational aggression participant roles, separately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)661-673
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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