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Response decision processes and externalizing behavior problems in adolescents
Development and Psychopathology (2002)
  • Reid Griffith Fontaine, University of Arizona
  • Virginia Salzer Burks, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University
Externalizing behavior problems of 124 adolescents were assessed across Grades 7–11. In Grade 9, participants were also assessed across social-cognitive domains after imagining themselves as the object of provocations portrayed in six videotaped vignettes. Participants responded to vignette-based questions representing multiple processes of the response decision step of social information processing. Phase 1 of our investigation supported a two-factor model of the response evaluation process of response decision (response valuation and outcome expectancy). Phase 2 showed significant relations between the set of these response decision processes, as well as response selection, measured in Grade 9 and (a) externalizing behavior in Grade 9 and (b) externalizing behavior in Grades 10–11, even after controlling externalizing behavior in Grades 7–8. These findings suggest that on-line behavioral judgments about aggression play a crucial role in the maintenance and growth of aggressive response tendencies in adolescence.
  • Social cognition,
  • development,
  • children,
  • adolescents,
  • juveniles,
  • aggression,
  • violence,
  • antisocial behavior,
  • decision making,
  • judgment
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Reid Griffith Fontaine, Virginia Salzer Burks and Kenneth A. Dodge. "Response decision processes and externalizing behavior problems in adolescents" Development and Psychopathology Vol. 14 Iss. 1 (2002)
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