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The Development of Interpersonal Aggression during Adolescence: The Importance of Parents, Siblings, and Family Economics

Shannon Tierney Williams, Katherine Jewsbury Conger and Shelley A. Blozis
Child Development
Vol. 78, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 2007), pp. 1526-1542
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4620719
Page Count: 17
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The Development of Interpersonal Aggression during Adolescence: The Importance of Parents, Siblings, and Family Economics
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Abstract

Latent growth curve modeling employed data from a longitudinal study of 451 sibling families to examine parents, siblings, and family economics as factors in individual differences in the developmental course of interpersonal aggression during adolescence. Findings suggest that individual change in interpersonal aggression during adolescence can be predicted by the gender and aggression of one's sibling; predictions varied by the gender composition of the sibling dyad. Rates of parental hostility predicted levels of interpersonal aggression for both older (mean age = 12 years) and younger siblings (mean age = 15), and growth in aggression for younger siblings. Family economic pressure predicted interpersonal aggression of both siblings indirectly through parental hostility. Implications for future research and preventive interventions are discussed.

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