Dr. William Arsenio and Dr. Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, professor of psychology and adjunct assistant professor, respectively, at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, have published an article in the Journal of Genetic Psychology. Titled “Children’s Moral Emotions, Narratives, and Aggression: Relations With Maternal Discipline and Support,” the study asked 63 four-to-six-year-olds how they would feel after engaging in bullying behavior against a peer and acted out event conclusions using narrative methods adapted from the MacArthur Story Stem Battery. The children’s mothers were also asked to assess their disciplinary styles and social support, and children’s aggressive tendencies were assessed based on ratings from the mother and a second familiar adult. The study found that most preschoolers expected to feel happy after their victimizing acts, but variations in happy victimization were unrelated to children’s aggression.

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