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An empirical examination of sex differences in scoring preschool children’s aggression

An empirical examination of sex differences in scoring preschool children’s aggression

Pellegrini, Anthony D., Bohn-Gettler, Catherine M., Dupuis, Danielle, Hickey, Meghan, Roseth, Cary and Solberg, David (2010) An empirical examination of sex differences in scoring preschool children’s aggression. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 109 (2). pp. 232-238. ISSN 0022-0965 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2010.11.003)

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Abstract

Sex differences in adults’ observations and ratings of children’s aggression was studied in a sample of preschool children (N = 89, mean age = 44.00 months, SD = 8.48). When examining the direct observations made by trained observers, male observers, relative to female observers, more frequently recorded aggressive bouts, especially of boys. On rating scales assessing aggression, trained male raters also gave higher aggressive ratings than female raters. Lastly, we compared the ratings of trained female raters and female teachers on the same scale and found no differences. Results are discussed in terms male raters’ and observers’ prior experiences in activating their experiential schemata where males’ greater experience in aggression, relative to that of females, leads them to perceive greater levels of aggression.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex stereotype, sex differences, aggression, peer interaction, observer bias, Rater Bias
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9825

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