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The effects of intimacy and target sex on direct aggression: Further evidence

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The effects on aggression of target sex and relationship with the target were investigated using self-report data. One hundred and seventy-four participants (115 female) reported on acts of direct aggression in the last two years towards: intimate partners, known and unknown same-sex targets, and known and unknown opposite-sex targets. Women’s self-reported aggression was higher towards partners than other targets, replicating previous findings regarding women’s intimate partner aggression. Women’s aggression was consistently higher towards same-sex than opposite-sex targets, but the effect of knowing the target was inconsistent. Men’s self-reported aggression was more frequent towards same-sex than opposite-sex targets – including intimate partners – and more frequent towards known than unknown targets. Results are discussed with reference to a partner-specific reduction in women’s fear, and sex differences in threshold for classifying someone as ‘known well.’ Limitations of the present sample and suggestions for future work are discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-280
Number of pages9
JournalAggressive Behavior
Volume38
Issue number4
Early online date13 Jun 2012
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

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  • Aggression, Sex differences, Target sex, Intimacy

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