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NCJ Number: 237819 Find in a Library
Title: Trait Anger as a Mediator of Difficulties With Emotion Regulation and Female-Perpetrated Psychological Aggression
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:2011  Pages:271-282
Author(s): Ryan C. Shorey, M.A.; Tara L. Cornelius, Ph.D.; Catherine Idema, B.S.
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether the existence of trait anger and an individual’s level of emotional regulation affected the risk of female-perpetrated psychological aggression.
Abstract: Recent research has demonstrated the devastating impact of female-perpetrated psychological aggression in intimate relationships broadly and dating relationships specifically. With the perpetration of psychological aggression in dating relationships occurring at shockingly high rates, prevention programming for dating violence should target this form of aggression. Toward this end, it is important to understand the antecedent conditions that increase one's risk for perpetrating psychological aggression. This study sought to examine two possible risk factors for perpetrating psychological aggression among female undergraduates (N = 145), namely, emotion regulation and trait anger. Findings showed that difficulties with emotion regulation and trait anger were associated with increased psychological aggression perpetration, and trait anger mediated the link between emotion regulation and psychological aggression. Implications of these findings for prevention programming and future research are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Dating Violence
Index Term(s): Aggression; Anger; Emotional disorders; Emotionally disturbed persons; Female offenders; Violent females
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