Biased Information-Processing Styles of Afdolescents at Risk for Developing Problems With Aggression

Catharine P. Bradshaw, Cornell University

ABSTRACT
Negative childhood experiences (i.e., maltreatment) are believed to influence the development of mental representations of the self and others (Bowlby, 1973), which may in turn contribute to the development of biased information processing styles and aggression (Dodge, Pettit, Bates, & Valente, 1995). The present study examines the influence of exposure to violence and maltreatment/rejection on perceptions of the self and others and the development of biased perceptual style and aggressive behavior in a sample of 200 adolescents.

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