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Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 22, Issue 7, pp 922–931 | Cite as

Simultaneously Testing Parenting and Social Cognitions in Children At-Risk for Aggressive Behavior Problems: Sex Differences and Ethnic Similarities

  • Sabine Stoltz
  • Monique van Londen
  • Maja Deković
  • Peter Prinzie
  • Bram O. de Castro
  • John E. Lochman
Original Paper

Abstract

In this cross-sectional study we examined a model in which parenting, child social information processing and self-perception are simultaneously tested as risk factors associated with aggression. Sex and ethnicity were tested as moderators of associations. The sample consisted of 206 4th grade children in the Netherlands. Parents reported on parenting, parent–child relationship, and reactive and proactive aggression whereas children reported on self-perception and social information processing. Results give support for both child social cognitive functioning and parenting as risk factors associated with aggressive behavior: For all children, a positive parent–child relationship was associated with less aggression, negative parenting was related to less positive self-perception, and deficits in social-cognitive functioning were related to aggression. Multigroup analyses showed ethnic similarities and sex differences in patterns of associations, which might suggest personalized tailor-made interventions for aggressive behavior.

Keywords

Parenting Reactive and proactive aggression Social information processing Self-perception 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabine Stoltz
    • 1
  • Monique van Londen
    • 1
  • Maja Deković
    • 1
  • Peter Prinzie
    • 1
  • Bram O. de Castro
    • 2
  • John E. Lochman
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Centre Psychosocial Development in ContextUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Developmental PsychologyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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