Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Stephen L. O’Keefe
Tony R. Goudy
In this study the MacArthur Story-Stem Battery (MSSB; Bretherton, Oppenheim, Buchsbaum, Emde, & The MacArthur Narrative Group, 1990), an assessment tool that examines childrens’ ability to cope with conflict laden situations, was used to study gender differences in avoidance and aggression. Forty-three children (22 girls, 21 boys) participated in the third phase of a longitudinal study when they were between 7.5 and 8 years old (mean = 7.8). Results showed that males scored significantly higher than females on the variable of aggression in their story completions on the MSSB; however, gender differences for avoidance, while in the hypothesized direction, did not reach significance. Implications for future research and psychometric properties of a new coding system for the MSSB are discussed.
Conflict (Psychology) in children.
Arnett, Gina, "MacArthur Story-Stem Battery and gender differences" (2000). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1550.