Anger Regulation and Social Acceptance in Early Adolescence: Associations With Gender and Ethnicity

Carisa Perry-Parrish, Lindsey Webb, Janice Zeman, Sarah Spencer, Celeste Malone, Sarah Borowski, Elizabeth Reynolds, Jessica Hankinson, Matt Specht, Rick Ostrander

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Abstract

Anger regulation among adolescents is important to investigate given theoretical and empirical support for its critical association with peer relationships. This study examined two aspects of anger regulation (i.e., inhibition, dysregulation) using self-report and peer-nominations and their associations with social acceptance among 163 Black and White adolescents ((Formula presented.) = 13.87 years). We explored gender and ethnicity differences in anger regulation predicting peer acceptance. Self-reports and peer-nominations of anger regulation were significantly correlated. Within-gender ethnicity differences in anger regulation were found: White girls reported higher levels of anger inhibition than Black girls, and Black girls reported higher levels of anger dysregulation than White girls. For all adolescents, self-reports and nominations of anger inhibition were associated with higher levels of social acceptance, whereas nominations of anger dysregulation predicted lower social acceptance. The results indicate the importance of considering gender and ethnicity in adolescents’ anger management within peer contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-501
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • ER
  • adolescence
  • anger
  • ethnicity
  • social acceptance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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