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

Laura Stockdale (PhD candidate at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Sarah Tackett (Based at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA)
Sarah M. Coyne (Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA)

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

ISSN: 1759-6599

Article publication date: 12 July 2013

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.

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Citation

Stockdale, L., Tackett, S. and Coyne, S.M. (2013), "Sex differences in verbal aggression use in romantic relationships: a meta‐analytic study and review", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 167-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-09-2012-0003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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