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Adolescents' responses to online peer conflict: How self‐evaluation and ethnicity matter

In online games conflicts between players may arise. Novin, Bos, Stevenson and Rieffe investigated factors that may explain why some adolescents react more angrily than others in this type of situation. In their realistically designed gaming environment, the (pre-programmed) fellow player suddenly started to blame the research participant for playing badly. Both Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch adolescents reported anger after this provocation. The intensity of their anger depended on their self-image. Youth who felt that they had an influence on their social environment were less angry. In the Moroccan-Dutch group, more frustration was expressed by more confident youth.

Novin, Bos, Stevenson & Rieffe
20 June 2018
Infant and Child Development, 27 (2018), e2067
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