Direct and indirect aggression: Relationships as social context

Deborah S. Richardson, Laura R. Green

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The studies reported in this paper examined the effect of social context-target gender and target relationship - on reports of direct and indirect aggression. In Study 1, participants completed the Richardson Conflict Response Questionnaire (RCRQ; Richardson & Green, 2003), which measured their direct and indirect aggression behavior in response to anger, Participants also selected a relationship partner to complete the RCRQ with reference to their own (i.e., participants') behavior. In Study 2, participants completed the RCRQ with reference to their behavior in response to anger with a romantic partner, a same-sex friend, and an opposite-sex friend. In both studies, relationship with aggression target was an important determinant of aggression, with more direct aggression occurring in romantic relationships, and more indirect aggression occurring in friendship relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2492-2508
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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