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NCJ Number: 150390 Find in a Library
Title: Refining the Intergenerational Transmission Hypothesis
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:350-365
Author(s): K E MacEwen
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Features of the intergenerational transmission hypothesis include the frequency and severity of aggression, the impact of any family of origin aggression, the degree to which the observer identifies with the aggressor, and the gender of the model and observer.
Abstract: Using a sample of 73 undergraduates (28 men and 45 women) who had been involved in a dating relationship lasting at least 3 months, this study focuses on features of the family of origin that are emphasized within a social learning theory framework. The survey instrument encompassed physical aggression in family of origin, impact of aggression, identification with parents, and current aggression. The results support the hypothesis that there are features of the original learning situation that, depending on their level and coincidence with other features, contribute to the prediction of current aggression over and above the mere occurrence of family of origin aggression. The effects of additional features are multiplicative. 5 tables, 1 note, and 40 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Aggression; Criminology; Dating Violence; Home environment; Social Learning
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