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NCJ Number: 219904 Find in a Library
Title: Relationship Between Argumentativeness, Verbal Aggressiveness, and Communication Satisfaction in Incarcerated Male Youth
Journal: Prison Journal  Volume:87  Issue:3  Dated:September 2007  Pages:328-343
Author(s): Carolyn M. Anderson; Andrew S. Rancer
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined trait argumentativeness, verbal aggressiveness, and communication satisfaction among young incarcerated males.
Abstract: The results of this study suggest a profitable line of inquiry into the relationship between communication and youth aggression. In this study, incarcerated male youth followed along with the nonincarcerated population in viewing assertion, arguing, and verbal aggression as communicative behaviors they could use to achieve goals. Furthermore, incarcerated male youth also saw little difference between the forms of aggressive communication. Similar to other adolescents, they seem to be unable to distinguish between attacks on a position (argumentativeness) and attacks on self-concept (verbal aggressiveness).The correlation between argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness observed ranks among the strongest identified so far in studies conducted on adolescent aggressive communication. The intent of this study was to examine the relationship between argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness among incarcerated male youth. It investigated how incarcerated male youth offenders would respond when confronted with potentially anger-inducing conflict situations. Participants were 136 male youth offenders committed to an American Correctional Association-accredited, maximum security juvenile correctional facility located in the Midwest. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Young adult offenders
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Aggression; Anger; Communications; Inmate attitudes; Inmates; Male offenders; Prisonization; Problem behavior; Violence; Young Adults (18-24)
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