Ethnic Differences in Parents' Attitudes toward Girls' Use of Aggression Academic Article uri icon


  • Few studies have attempted to explain ethnic differences in female aggression. The degree to which ethnic differences exist in the influence of parents' approval of aggression on their preadolescent daughters' use of physical, verbal, and relational aggression was explored in a sample of 97 parent-child dyads. Results indicate that European American parents were more disapproving of their daughters' aggressive behavior than were African American parents. Parents' attitude toward aggression was predictive of European American girls' use of physical and verbal aggression and African American girls' use of relational aggression. Implications for aggression prevention and intervention for girls are discussed. Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Aggression Maltreatment & Trauma

author list (cited authors)

  • Blake, J. J., Lease, A. M., Olejnik, S. P., & Turner, T. L.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Blake, Jamilia J||Lease, A Michele||Olejnik, Stephen P||Turner, Terez L

publication date

  • January 2010