Agreeableness as a predictor of aggression in adolescence

Katie A. Gleason, Lauri A. Jensen-Campbell, Deborah Ruth Richardson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

84 Scopus citations

Abstract

This multi-method research linked the Big Five personality dimensions to aggression in early adolescence. Agreeableness was the personality dimension of focus because this dimension is associated with motives to maintain positive interpersonal relations. In two studies, middle school children were assessed on the Big Five domains of personality. Study 1 showed that agreeableness was associated with both indirect and direct aggression. In addition, the link between agreeableness and aggression was strongest for direct strategies. Study 2 examined the hypotheses that agreeableness predicts social cognitions associated with aggression, peer reports of direct aggression, and teacher reports of adjustment. Agreeableness predicted peer reports of aggression and social cognitions associated with aggression. In addition, aggression mediated the link between agreeableness and adjustment. Results suggest that of the Big Five dimensions, Agreeableness is most closely associated with processes and outcomes related to aggression in adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-61
Number of pages19
JournalAggressive Behavior
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Adolescence
  • Aggression
  • Agreeableness
  • Personality
  • Social behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Agreeableness as a predictor of aggression in adolescence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this