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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Fikretoglu, Deniz
Author's Email Address dfikreto@vt.edu
URN etd-12012000-110533
Title The Mediating/Moderating Role of Social Problem Solving Skills in Childhodd Aggression
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Scarpa-Friedman, Angela Committee Chair
Finney, Jack W. Committee Member
Ollendick, Thomas M. Committee Member
Keywords
  • social problem solving skills
  • childhood aggression
Date of Defense 1999-03-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The purpose of the current study was to examine the mediating role of social problem solving skills in explaining the relationship between early aggression and later behavior problems. Additionally, the moderational role of social problem solving skills was also examined. The criteria proposed by Baron and Kenny (1986) and Holmbeck (1997) were followed to test the mediational and the moderational models. Regression analyses were conducted to examine the relationship between early aggression and social problem solving skills, social problem solving skills and later behavior problems, and early aggression and later behavior problems.

Results indicated that social problem solving skills do not mediate the relationship between early aggression and later behavior problems. However, social problem solving skills do moderate this relationship. Further, it was the number of categories generated as opposed to the number of solutions that was the better predictor. The clinical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

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