Relations between Mothers' Responses about Their Preschoolers' Overt and Relational Aggression by Preschoolers' Aggressive Behaviors

유아의 외현적.관계적 공격성에 대한 어머니의 반응과 유아의 공격적 행동 간의 관계

  • 김지현 (연세대학교 생활과학연구소) ;
  • 정지나 (한북대학교 영유아보육학과) ;
  • 권연희 (신한은행 새싹어린이집) ;
  • 민성혜 (남서울대학교 아동복지학과)
  • Received : 2008.12.31
  • Accepted : 2009.03.13
  • Published : 2009.04.30


In this study, mothers of 205 4- to 5-year-old preschoolers responded to aggression episodes of Werner et al. (2006); preschoolers' teachers responded to the Preschool Social Behavior Scale (Crick et al., 1997). Results showed, (1) boys exhibited more overt and relational aggression. (2) In overt aggression episodes, mothers used encouragement to boys and rule violation responses to girls; in relational aggression episodes, mothers used encouragement and power assertion responses to girls. (3) Mothers' power assertion about overt aggression related negatively with preschoolers' overt aggressive behaviors; mothers' discussion about relational aggression related positively with preschoolers' overt aggressive behaviors. Implications of these findings for the mothers' responses by aggression types were discussed in order in better understand preschooler's aggressive behaviors.


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