Research

Social intelligence as a moderator of the association between peer status and the forms and functions of aggression

Gommans, R. (2011)
Unpublished manuscript, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen 

In this study, I examined the influence of social intelligence on the associations of two forms of peer status (preference and popularity) with two forms of aggression (physical and relational) and two functions of aggression (proactive and reactive). It is hypothesized that the frequency, form, and function of aggression varies between adolescents of similar status (i.e., high/low preference and high/low popularity), as a function of their level of social intelligence.

In summary, the current study showed that social intelligence is negatively related to aggressive behavior, most likely due to a better understanding of the social environment and – in turn – more adequate reactions to this social environment. However, in some cases, an adequate level of social intelligence also offers the necessary skills to behave in a relational or proactive aggressive manner, while remaining popular and well-liked. Future studies should replicate and extent the current study to achieve a better understanding of the process that links social intelligence to aggressive behavior.

Peer status, bullying, and psychopathological outcomes: Associations and the moderating role of involvement in bullying

Gommans, R. (2010)
Unpublished manuscript, Radboud University Nijmegen. 

For my bachelor thesis at Radboud University Nijmegen, I conducted research on the associations between peer status (preference and popularity) and psychopathalogical outcomes (loneliness and depression). I also looked at whether these associations where moderated by involvement with bullying.

For those of you who would like to read my thesis, click on the link below to download it.

 

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