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Citation

Loudin JL, Loukas A, Robinson S. Aggressive Behav. 2003; 29(5): 430-439.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2003, International Society for Research on Aggression, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

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Abstract

This study examined the unique contributions of social anxiety and empathy to relational aggression in 300 19-to-25-year-old (M = 21.25; SD = 1.32) male (n = 97) and female (n = 203) college students using hierarchical linear regression analysis. The interactive relations between gender and social anxiety, and between gender and empathy, were also assessed. In addition to the gender and overt aggression covariates, fear of negative evaluation and perspective taking were unique predictors of relational aggression. Males, students who were more overtly aggressive, and those who reported greater fear of negative evaluation were more relationally aggressive than were peers. Students with higher levels of perspective taking reported using less relational aggression than did peers. A gender x empathetic concern interaction indicated that for males only, lower levels of empathetic concern were associated with higher levels of relational aggression. Results are discussed within a social information-processing perspective.

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