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Keywords:

  • Buss–Perry aggression questionnaire;
  • physical aggression;
  • verbal aggression;
  • anger;
  • hostility;
  • impulsiveness;
  • sexual jealousy;
  • dominance;
  • competitiveness;
  • partner violence

Abstract

This paper examines the relation of the four subscales (physical, verbal, anger and hostility) of the Buss–Perry Aggression Questionnaire (BPAQ) to act-based aggression questionnaires (involving same-sex or partners as opponents, and direct or indirect aggression) and evolutionarily based predictors of aggression, using an online student sample. All aggression measures were moderately correlated with one another. The BPAQ physical and verbal scales were most closely related to act-based measures of direct aggression to a same-sex other and the hostility scale to indirect aggression to a same-sex other. The evolutionary variables were less closely related to the BPAQ than were the act-based measures. Dominance and sexual jealousy were predictors of BPAQ physical, verbal and anger, and impulsiveness was a significant predictor of anger. Aggr. Behav. 32:1–10, 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.