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The moderating role of empathy in the association between parental support and adolescent aggressive and delinquent behavior.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22898874     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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The present two-wave longitudinal study addressed the role of affective empathy and parental support in aggressive and delinquent behavior in a sample of 323 adolescents (158 boys, 165 girls). Self-report questionnaires were used to assess affective empathy, perceived support from parents, delinquency, and aggression. Guided by theories on children's differential susceptibility to socialization, we expected adolescents with different levels of empathy to vary in their responsiveness to parental support. In agreement with our hypothesis, empathy moderated the relation of perceived parental support with aggressive and delinquent behavior. Controlling for the effect of gender and for the stability of aggression and delinquency, higher perceived parental support was predictive of lower levels of aggression at age 15, but only for adolescents high in empathy. Remarkably, adolescents low in empathy not only appeared to benefit less from parental support, but even showed more aggression and delinquency at age 15 when they perceived their parents to be more supportive at age 14. Aggr. Behav. 38:368-377, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Authors:
Jolien Van der Graaff; Susan Branje; Minet De Wied; Wim Meeus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aggressive behavior     Volume:  38     ISSN:  1098-2337     ISO Abbreviation:  Aggress Behav     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502265     Medline TA:  Aggress Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  368-77     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Affiliation:
Research Centre Adolescent Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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