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NCJ Number: 118350 Find in a Library
Title: Theoretical Model of Courtship Aggression (From Violence in Dating Relationships, P 53-71, 1989, Maureen A Pirog-Good and Jan E Stets, eds. -- See NCJ-118347)
Author(s): D S Riggs; K D O'Leary
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews the available empirical literature and theories of aggression and presents a theoretical model of dating aggression.
Abstract: The model developed is based on the social learning model proposed by O'Leary and Arias (1987). It is composed of two interrelated components that are extensions of the contextual and situational variables in the O'Leary and Arias model. The first component is analogous to the contextual variables and includes constructs selected to predict who will become aggressive. Constructs related to contextual variables are models of aggression in intimate relationships; parental aggression toward the child; acceptance of aggression as an appropriate response to conflict, frustration, or threat; psychopathology and neuropathology; arousability and emotionality; personality; and prior use of aggression. Situational variables involve factors that determine when a person will behave aggressively. The major situational predictors are the expectation of a positive outcome to the aggression, stress, the use of alcohol, the partner's use of aggression, and relationship conflict. The consequences of aggression provide the feedback mechanism in the model. Recommendations for further research are offered. 53 references.
Main Term(s): Causal models
Index Term(s): Acquaintance rape; Aggression; Dating Violence; Domestic assault
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