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Examining relations among accuracy of social self-perceptions, reactive and proactive aggression, peer intimacy, and peer group integration in early adolescence Vergel de Dios, Maria Celina
The purpose of the present study was to examine the relations among accuracy of social self-perceptions, reactive and proactive aggression, peer intimacy and peer group integration for boys and girls in early adolescence. Participants included 335 boys (n = 175) and girls (n = 160) in the fifth through seventh grades. Teachers rated students on reactive and proactive aggression. Self- and peer nominations on a range of social behaviours (prosocial and noncompliant) were collected. Participants provided self-ratings of their peer intimacy and peer group integration. Results revealed that girls had lower reactive aggression, greater peer intimacy, and more accurate social self-perceptions on both prosocial and noncompliant behaviours compared to boys. Findings additionally indicated that inaccurate self-perceptions of one’s noncompliant behaviours were related to both reactive and proactive aggression for boys and girls. However, among boys only, more accurate self-perceptions of their prosocial behaviours was linked to problematic peer experiences involving higher proactive aggression and less peer intimacy.
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