AUTHOR : 임혜민, 최지영
INFORMATION : page. 71~88 / 2019 Vol.26 No.3
The purpose of this study is to explore whether intention attribution plays a mediating role in the relationship between inferiority feelings and relational aggression in university students. For this purpose, intention attribution was set as a mediator in the relationship between inferiority feelings and relational aggression, and verification using a structural equation model was conducted. The subjects of this study were 330 students enrolled in six universities in Daejeon Metropolitan City and Chungcheongnam-do in Korea. Questionnaire surveys using the inferiority symptom scale, relational aggression scale, and intention attribution scale were untilized in this study. The analysis methods were descriptive statistics, a correlation analysis, a confirmatory factor analysis, the structural equation model and bootstrapping. The results of this study are as follows. First, the relationships among inferiority feelings, relational aggression, and intention attribution were significantly correlated with each other. Second, as a result of examining whether the mediating effect of intention attributed to inferiority feelings and relational aggression, intention attribution was found to be partially mediated in the relationship between inferiority feelings and relational aggression. In other words, inferiority feelings had a direct effect on relational aggression, while having an indirect effect through intention attribution. These results suggest that higher levels of inferiority feelings in university students are linked to a stronger tendency to feel intention or hostility toward others behavior, which again leads to relational aggression. This study is meaningful in that it presents empirical research results pertaining to the prevention and reduction of relational aggression through educational intervention in cognitive and emotional aspects including inferiority feelings and intention attribution by means of counseling for university students.