Moderate and severe aggression justification in instrumental and reactive contexts



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Peña Fernández, María Elena de la and Andreu Rodríguez, José Manuel and Graña Gómez, José Luis and Pahlavan, F. and Ramirez, J. Martin (2008) Moderate and severe aggression justification in instrumental and reactive contexts. Social Behavior & Personality, 36 (2). 229 -238. ISSN 0301-2212

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The main goal of this study was to analyze the justification of interpersonal aggression in various situations or contexts. For this purpose, a self-report instrument was employed that measures different kinds of aggressive behaviors in situations in which it may be considered justified: the Cuestionario de Actitudes Morales sobre Agresión (CAMA; Ramirez, 1991), a reliable and valid test to measure the different degrees to which youth and adolescents may justify interpersonal aggression (Ramirez & Andreu, 2006). A large sample (N = 735) of participants from various educational centers of Madrid was utilized. Results revealed that normative beliefs vary as a function of age, sex, and the instrumental-reactive context. Reactive situations elicited higher levels of justification than instrumental situations and higher levels in the justifying beliefs about severe aggression were found among men than among women and in adolescents than in young adults. There were no significant differences in the justifying beliefs about moderate aggression.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Justification of aggression, Normative beliefs, Instrumental and reactive aggression, Youth, Adolescents, Sex differences
Subjects:Medical sciences > Psychology > Emotions and Aggresiveness
ID Code:8410
Deposited On:15 Feb 2010 09:30
Last Modified:29 Nov 2018 12:51

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