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Relationale und physische Aggression in der mittleren Kindheit: Zusammenhänge mit moralischem Wissen und moralischen Gefühlen


Gasser, L; Malti, T (2011). Relationale und physische Aggression in der mittleren Kindheit: Zusammenhänge mit moralischem Wissen und moralischen Gefühlen. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 43(1):29-38.

Abstract

Relations between physical and relational aggression and moral knowledge and emotions were investigated in a sample of 237 7- and 9-year-old primary school children. Firstly, we expected that physical aggression would be associated with deficits in moral knowledge and moral emotions. Secondly, we hypothesized that relational aggression is negatively related to moral emotions, but is not related to moral knowledge. Relational and physical aggression were assessed by peer nominations and teacher ratings. Moral knowledge was measured by moral judgments and justifications of these judgments, moral emotions were measured by emotion attributions and corresponding justifications. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that physical aggression was associated with deficits in moral knowledge and moral emotions. Relational aggression, however, was not associated with moral deficits, but was related to an advanced understanding of moral emotions. This finding may indicate that children with high levels of relational aggression use their advanced understanding of moral emotion for strategic purposes.

Abstract

Relations between physical and relational aggression and moral knowledge and emotions were investigated in a sample of 237 7- and 9-year-old primary school children. Firstly, we expected that physical aggression would be associated with deficits in moral knowledge and moral emotions. Secondly, we hypothesized that relational aggression is negatively related to moral emotions, but is not related to moral knowledge. Relational and physical aggression were assessed by peer nominations and teacher ratings. Moral knowledge was measured by moral judgments and justifications of these judgments, moral emotions were measured by emotion attributions and corresponding justifications. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that physical aggression was associated with deficits in moral knowledge and moral emotions. Relational aggression, however, was not associated with moral deficits, but was related to an advanced understanding of moral emotions. This finding may indicate that children with high levels of relational aggression use their advanced understanding of moral emotion for strategic purposes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:German
Date:2011
Deposited On:17 Nov 2011 09:43
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:06
Publisher:Hogrefe
ISSN:0049-8637
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1026/0049-8637/a000030

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