Is There a Dark Side of Positive Illusions? Overestimation of Social Competence and Subsequent Adjustment in Aggressive and Nonaggressive Children

@article{Brendgen2004IsTA,
  title={Is There a Dark Side of Positive Illusions? Overestimation of Social Competence and Subsequent Adjustment in Aggressive and Nonaggressive Children},
  author={Mara R Brendgen and Frank Vitaro and Lyse Turgeon and François Poulin and Brigitte Wanner},
  journal={Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology},
  year={2004},
  volume={32},
  pages={305-320}
}
This study examined (a) the links between children's overly positive perceptions about the relations with the peer group and with their best friend to subsequent behavioral, emotional, and social adjustment, and (b) whether these links are moderated by children's aggression. Using a short-term longitudinal design, the study was based on a sample of 819 4th- to 6th-graders (427 girls) from low to average SES families. Results showed that positive illusions about their social relations with… Expand

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