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De Ontwikkeling Van Sociaal Incompetent Gedrag in Provocatie-Situaties


Peter Vlerick

H. Dunantlaan 2 9000 Gent, BE
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[The Development of Social Incompetent Behavior in Provocation-Situations]


The completion of a sociometric procedure with 245 children resulted in the selection of 16 aggressive (rejected) and 32 non-aggressive (popular and average) children. Each subject read eight situations in which they were provoked in an ambiguous or non-ambiguous manner by a fellow-pupil with a known aggressive or non-aggressive reputation. In non-ambiguous situations, children differ in the way they express their same level of anger. Aggressive children seem to react with impulsive aggressive retaliation. Popular or average children react respectively with either (sub-)assertiveor verbal aggressive and awaiting behavior. In ambiguous situations, the attributions influence the behavioral responses. The non-aggressive children perceive the ambiguity of the situation and react socially. The aggressive children instead react in an aggressive manner and show a (hostile) intentional attributional bias. Due to this bias, aggressive children perceive ambiguous provocation intentions as non-ambiguous and intentional. The results also demonstrate that the same provocative behavior is attributed to more hostile intentions, triggers off more anger and elicits more aggressive behavior in children when this provocation is committed by a known fellow-pupil with an aggressive than with a non-aggressive reputation. Implications for intervention and further research are given.

How to Cite: Vlerick, P., 1994. De Ontwikkeling Van Sociaal Incompetent Gedrag in Provocatie-Situaties. Psychologica Belgica, 34(1), pp.35–55. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1994.
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