Adult-directed and peer-directed respect for authority: Relationships with aggressive and manipulative behavior

Katherine H. Clemans, Julia A. Graber, Amie F. Bettencourt

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Abstract

This study investigated whether respect for adult and peer authority are separate attitudes which have distinct relationships with aggressive and manipulative behavior. Items assessing admiration for and obedience toward parents, teachers, popular students, and friend group leaders were administered to 286 middle school students (M age = 12.6 years). Factor analysis revealed two primary factors which corresponded to adult-directed and peer-directed respect orientations. Results suggested that adult-directed respect was associated with lower levels of aggression and social manipulation, whereas peer-directed respect was associated with higher levels of these behaviors. The role of peer-directed respect as a risk factor for negative social behavior in adolescence is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-486
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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