Understanding Cognitive Predictors of Relational and Social Aggression for Prevention

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the contributions of studies investigating the cognitive predictors of relational and social aggression.
  2. understand the synthesis of these studies and what we know about those who engage in perpetration of relational and social aggression.
  3. use this information to identify potential perpetrators in the service of prevention of indirect bullying.


Few research investigations have specifically examined the cognitive predictors of indirect bullying. Panelists who have been authors of three studies conducted to examine the relationship of different conceptualizations of cognitive functioning to indirect bullying (relational and social aggression) will each present their viewpoint of the contributions of each of the investigations, with the resulting information synthesized for understanding and preventing relational and social aggression by identifying potential perpetrator profiles.



Laura M. Crothers, Duquesne University
Ara J. Schmitt, Duquesne University
Jered B. Kolbert, Duquesne University
Taylor Steeves, Duquesne University


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