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Justification of Physical and Verbal Aggression in Uruguayan Children, and Adolescents

Fares, Natalia E. and Ramirez, J. Martin and Cabrera, José María and Lozano, Fernanda and Salas, Fernando (2011) Justification of Physical and Verbal Aggression in Uruguayan Children, and Adolescents. The Open Psychology Journal, 4 (Suppl ). pp. 45-54. ISSN 1874-3501

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Abstract

This study examines the justification of aggressive acts in Uruguayan children and adolescents in different
social situations as a function of age and sex, as well as the effect of differences in socioeconomic status on justification. A total of 663 participants aged 8 to 21 completed a self-report questionnaire designed to measure the justification of eight aggressive acts in six social situations. The results showed that adolescents justified both physical and verbal aggression more easily than children in a wide range of situations. As expected, boys justified physical aggression more easily than girls; however, no differences appeared in regard to verbal aggression. Unexpectedly, no statistically important
differences were found in the justification of aggression related to the socioeconomic status of the participants. These findings are discussed in terms of previous studies from other cultures, in the hope of contributing to a deeper knowledge of the complex phenomenon of aggression.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Aggression, Age, Sex, Socioeconomic status
Subjects:Medical sciences > Psychology > Emotions and Aggresiveness
ID Code:13356
Deposited On:08 Oct 2011 16:28
Last Modified:06 Feb 2014 09:47

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