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Sex differences in verbal aggression use in romantic relationships: a meta‐analytic study and review

Sex differences in verbal aggression use in romantic relationships: a meta‐analytic study and review Purpose – The current study aimed to investigate potential sex differences in the use of verbal aggression in romantic relationships. Design/methodology/approach – The current study used meta‐analytic methodology to analyze 20 studies to understand gender differences in the use of verbal aggression in romantic relationships. Findings – The results found that women used more verbal aggression than men in romantic relationships; however, overall levels of verbal aggression use were relatively high regardless of sex. Research imitations/implications – Limitations of the current research, such as calling for less exploratory research and the need for theories grounded in human coupling research, and suggestions for future research are provided. Practical implications – Advice for clinicians and practitioners regarding verbal aggression in romantic relationships is discussed with particular emphasis on the possibility of including measures against verbal aggression in interventions on positive couple communication. Originality/value – The current study adds to the literature by addressing which sex uses more verbal aggression in romantic relationships and providing a critical review of the existing literature with recommendations and limitations of the field. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research Emerald Publishing

Sex differences in verbal aggression use in romantic relationships: a meta‐analytic study and review

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1759-6599
DOI
10.1108/JACPR-09-2012-0003
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Abstract

Purpose – The current study aimed to investigate potential sex differences in the use of verbal aggression in romantic relationships. Design/methodology/approach – The current study used meta‐analytic methodology to analyze 20 studies to understand gender differences in the use of verbal aggression in romantic relationships. Findings – The results found that women used more verbal aggression than men in romantic relationships; however, overall levels of verbal aggression use were relatively high regardless of sex. Research imitations/implications – Limitations of the current research, such as calling for less exploratory research and the need for theories grounded in human coupling research, and suggestions for future research are provided. Practical implications – Advice for clinicians and practitioners regarding verbal aggression in romantic relationships is discussed with particular emphasis on the possibility of including measures against verbal aggression in interventions on positive couple communication. Originality/value – The current study adds to the literature by addressing which sex uses more verbal aggression in romantic relationships and providing a critical review of the existing literature with recommendations and limitations of the field.

Journal

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 12, 2013

Keywords: Aggression; Verbal aggression; Conflict; Couples; Conflict resolution; Gender

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