Explaining individual differences in physical aggression among a community sample

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Watt, B.D., Begelhole, E. & Guse, N. (2010). Explaining individual differences in physical aggression among a community sample. In R.E. Hicks (Ed.), Personality and individual differences (pp.283-292). Bowen Hills: Australian Academic Press.

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Violence poses an ongoing concern for society. Numerous risk factors have been implicated as contributors to individual differences in levels of physical aggression. The current study examined variations in physical aggression using a community example in South East Queensland (N=151). Self-report measures of alcohol misuse, retrospective conduct disorder, childhood victimisation, violent fantasies and attitudes to violence were examined in the prediction of involvement in physical aggression. Over half of the variance was accounted for by the combination of the independent variables. Cognitions justifying the use of violence and fantasies of aggressive actions emerged as the greatest contributors in explaining individual differences in physical aggression. The findings highlight the importance of addressing attitudes at the individual and societal level that convey pro-violence sentiments.

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