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Citation

Poulin F, Boivin M. Dev. Psychol. 2000; 36(2): 233-240.

Affiliation

Ecole de psychologie, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Poulin.Francois@uqam.ca

Copyright

(Copyright © 2000, American Psychological Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

10749080

Abstract

This study tested the hypothesis that friends are more similar in proactive aggression than in reactive aggression. Interpersonal processes that may account for this similarity (i.e., selection and mutual influence) were also examined. In the fall and spring of the school year, the friendships of 185 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade boys were identified. Proactive and reactive aggressive behavior were assessed with a teacher-rating instrument for each boy. The results support the general hypothesis and suggest that proactively aggressive boys tend to select proactively aggressive peers as friends; however, mutual influence between stable friends does not appear to account for similarity. These findings are discussed within the framework of G. R. Patterson, J. B. Reid, and T. J. Dishion's (1992) theory of antisocial behavior.


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