Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice

ISSN: 2630-5984

Peer Relations and Peer Deviance as Predictors of Reactive and Proactive Aggression among High School Girls

Aslı Uz Baş
Department of Educational Sciences, Buca Faculty of Education, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir 35150 Turkey
Fatma Selda Öz Soysal
Department of Educational Sciences, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir Turkey


This study aimed to investigate associations between reactive and proactive aggression and peer relations and peer deviance among high school girls. A total of 442 high school students participated in this study. Reactive–Proactive Aggression Questionnaire, the Peer Relations Scale, and the Peer Deviance Scale were used to collect data. Results revealed that self-disclosure, loyalty, mild deviance, and serious deviance were significantly and positively correlated with both reactive and proactive aggression. Findings also indicated that self-disclosure, loyalty, and mild deviance among peers were significant predictors of reactive aggression, while loyalty and mild deviance were significant predictors of proactive aggression.

Reactive aggression, Proactive aggression, Peer relations, Peer deviance, high school girls.