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Childhood Maltreatment and Adolescents' Aggression: A Moderated Mediation Model of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Friendship Quality.
Child Maltreat. 2022 11; 27(4):683-692.CM

Abstract

A growing body of research has documented that childhood maltreatment is associated with increased risk of child aggression. However, little is known about the mediating and moderating mechanisms underlying the relationships between childhood maltreatment and reactive and proactive functions of aggression. Therefore, the present study examined whether callous-unemotional traits mediated the relationships between childhood maltreatment and two subtypes of aggression and whether these mediating processes were moderated by friendship quality. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 2407 adolescents between 11 and 16 years (M age = 12.75, SD = .58) in Shanxi province, China. Participants filled out questionnaires regarding childhood maltreatment, callous-unemotional traits, aggression, and friendship quality. The results indicated that childhood maltreatment was significantly and positively associated with proactive and reactive aggression, and these relationships were partially mediated by callous-unemotional traits after controlling for demographic variables. Friendship quality moderated the relationship between childhood maltreatment and proactive aggression as well as callous-unemotional traits and proactive aggression. These relationships became weaker for adolescents with high levels of friendship quality. Friendship quality did not moderate the effects of childhood maltreatment and callous-unemotional traits on reactive aggression.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Educational Science, 12441Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China.School of Educational Science, 12441Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China.School of Educational Science, 12441Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China.School of Educational Science, 12441Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34730029

Citation

Li, Wenqing, et al. "Childhood Maltreatment and Adolescents' Aggression: a Moderated Mediation Model of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Friendship Quality." Child Maltreatment, vol. 27, no. 4, 2022, pp. 683-692.
Li W, Yang J, Gao L, et al. Childhood Maltreatment and Adolescents' Aggression: A Moderated Mediation Model of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Friendship Quality. Child Maltreat. 2022;27(4):683-692.
Li, W., Yang, J., Gao, L., & Wang, X. (2022). Childhood Maltreatment and Adolescents' Aggression: A Moderated Mediation Model of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Friendship Quality. Child Maltreatment, 27(4), 683-692. https://doi.org/10.1177/10775595211046550
Li W, et al. Childhood Maltreatment and Adolescents' Aggression: a Moderated Mediation Model of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Friendship Quality. Child Maltreat. 2022;27(4):683-692. PubMed PMID: 34730029.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Childhood Maltreatment and Adolescents' Aggression: A Moderated Mediation Model of Callous-Unemotional Traits and Friendship Quality. AU - Li,Wenqing, AU - Yang,Jiping, AU - Gao,Ling, AU - Wang,Xingchao, Y1 - 2021/11/03/ PY - 2021/11/4/pubmed PY - 2022/9/14/medline PY - 2021/11/3/entrez KW - callous-unemotional traits KW - childhood maltreatment KW - friendship quality KW - proactive aggression KW - reactive aggression SP - 683 EP - 692 JF - Child maltreatment JO - Child Maltreat VL - 27 IS - 4 N2 - A growing body of research has documented that childhood maltreatment is associated with increased risk of child aggression. However, little is known about the mediating and moderating mechanisms underlying the relationships between childhood maltreatment and reactive and proactive functions of aggression. Therefore, the present study examined whether callous-unemotional traits mediated the relationships between childhood maltreatment and two subtypes of aggression and whether these mediating processes were moderated by friendship quality. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 2407 adolescents between 11 and 16 years (M age = 12.75, SD = .58) in Shanxi province, China. Participants filled out questionnaires regarding childhood maltreatment, callous-unemotional traits, aggression, and friendship quality. The results indicated that childhood maltreatment was significantly and positively associated with proactive and reactive aggression, and these relationships were partially mediated by callous-unemotional traits after controlling for demographic variables. Friendship quality moderated the relationship between childhood maltreatment and proactive aggression as well as callous-unemotional traits and proactive aggression. These relationships became weaker for adolescents with high levels of friendship quality. Friendship quality did not moderate the effects of childhood maltreatment and callous-unemotional traits on reactive aggression. SN - 1552-6119 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34730029/Childhood_Maltreatment_and_Adolescents'_Aggression:_A_Moderated_Mediation_Model_of_Callous_Unemotional_Traits_and_Friendship_Quality_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -