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Cognitive Risk Factors of Aggression in Male Juvenile Offenders

Title: Cognitive Risk Factors of Aggression in Male Juvenile Offenders.
Name(s): Smith, Stephanie Dunkel, 1981-, author
Kistner, Janet A., professor directing dissertation
Beaver, Kevin, university representative
Taylor, Jeanette, committee member
Carbonell, Joyce, committee member
Schatschneider, Chris, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The perpetration of violent crimes by our youth is a major societal concern and understanding the factors that predispose them to aggressive behavior is of the utmost importance. Therefore, research aimed at identifying risk factors of aggression among high-risk youth are needed for the purpose of informing future intervention strategies. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate cognitive risk factors that have been theorized and shown to play a contributory role in the development of aggression for less severe populations in a sample of male juvenile offenders (N = 119). More specifically, this study investigated the prediction of aggression and related antisocial behavior from youths' self-views (i.e., self-esteem, inflated self-perceptions) and an emotion regulation strategy (i.e., anger rumination) while taking into account personality factors (i.e., narcissism, trait anger) that have also been linked to aggression and share conceptual overlap with these constructs of interest. An evaluation of the psychometric properties of the study measures tapping these constructs provided evidence that these variables could be reliably and validly assessed among a sample of juvenile offenders. Most importantly, anger rumination, anger, self-esteem, and maladaptive narcissism were revealed as significant predictors of juvenile offenders' initial levels of aggression and developmental trajectories of aggression across a four month period. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-5190 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: June 18, 2012.
Keywords: aggresssion, juvenile offenders, risk factors
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Janet A. Kistner, Professor Directing Dissertation; Kevin Beaver, University Representative; Jeanette Taylor, Committee Member; Joyce Carbonell, Committee Member; Chris Schatschneider, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Smith, S. D. (2012). Cognitive Risk Factors of Aggression in Male Juvenile Offenders. Retrieved from