“Frenemies, Fraitors, and Mean-em-aitors”: Priming Effects of Viewing Physical and Relational Aggression in the Media on Women
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 141–149, March / April 2012
How to Cite
Coyne, S. M., Linder, J. R., Nelson, D. A. and Gentile, D. A. (2012), “Frenemies, Fraitors, and Mean-em-aitors”: Priming Effects of Viewing Physical and Relational Aggression in the Media on Women. Aggr. Behav., 38: 141–149. doi: 10.1002/ab.21410
- Issue published online: 14 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Received: 22 MAR 2011
- Women's Research Institute
- College of Family Home and Social Science
- relational aggression;
- physical aggression;
Past research has shown activation of aggressive cognitions in memory after media violence exposure, but has not examined priming effects of viewing relational aggression in the media. In the current study, 250 women viewed a video clip depicting physical aggression, relational aggression, or no aggression. Subsequent activation of physical and relational aggression cognitions was measured using an emotional Stroop task. Results indicated priming of relational aggression cognitions after viewing the relationally aggressive video clip, and activation of both physical and relational aggression cognitions after viewing the physically aggressive video clip. Results are discussed within the framework of the General Aggression Model.