This study focused on the influence of mediated and unmediated models on the decision of adolescents to employ both pro‐ and antisocial modes of conflict resolution. Adolescents indicated how likely they would use four antisocial modes (verbal aggression, physical aggression, regression, and revenge) and one prosocial mode to resolve two conflicts. Their responses were correlated with four television viewing clusters (ABC crime/adventure, CBS crime/adventure, situation comedy, and nonpolice/adventure), the perceived likelihood that peers would employ the modes and the perceived likelihood that parents would employ the modes to discipline them. The television viewing clusters were inconsistent predictors of the adolescent use of the modes. The best predictor of adolescent use of the modes was perceived peer use followed by perceived parental use. Both mediated and unmediated influences produced significant multiple correlations and explained 34% to 48% of the variance in the adolescent use of the modes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Human Communication Research|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1980|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Linguistics and Language