The Judge Specificity of Evaluations of Youth Social Behavior : The Case of Peer Provocation

  title={The Judge Specificity of Evaluations of Youth Social Behavior : The Case of Peer Provocation},
  author={Melanie A. Dirks and Teresa A Treat and V. Robin Weersing},
Increasingly, theorists have suggested that social competence is an evaluative construct that will vary as a function of who is judging behavior. This study examined how two key groups in children’s social environments—peers (N = 663, age range = 10.83–15.25 years) and teachers (N = 49)—rated the effectiveness of different behaviors generated by youth in response to physical, verbal, and relational provocation by peers. Results indicated that youth evaluated aggressive responses as more… CONTINUE READING
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