Alison J. Esposito, Department of Psychology, University of Delaware; Roger Kobak, Department of Psychology, University of Delaware; Michelle Little, Department of Psychology, Temple University.
Aggression and Self-Esteem: A Diary Study of Children's Reactivity to Negative Interpersonal Events
Article first published online: 4 MAY 2005
Journal of Personality
Volume 73, Issue 4, pages 887–906, August 2005
How to Cite
Esposito, A. J., Kobak, R. and Little, M. (2005), Aggression and Self-Esteem: A Diary Study of Children's Reactivity to Negative Interpersonal Events. Journal of Personality, 73: 887–906. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2005.00332.x
This research was supported by NIMH grant number R01-MH59670 and by a grant from the Wings Foundation.
- Issue published online: 4 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 4 MAY 2005
Abstract The study employs a daily diary design to assess self-esteem reactivity and its association with children's aggressive behavior. We test the hypothesis that the self-esteem of aggressive children will be more reactive to negative interpersonal events than the self-esteem of nonaggressive children. Results provide partial support for the aggression/reactivity hypothesis. Aggressive children's self-esteem was more reactive to negative peer events but less reactive to negative adult events than the self-esteem of less aggressive children. These findings are discussed in relation to the experimental literature relating self-esteem instability and ego-threat to aggression and in relation to the extensive body of research on childhood aggression. Intervention implications are also considered.