Sara E. Goldstein, Department of Family and Child Studies, Montclair State University.
Relational aggression in young adults' friendships and romantic relationships
Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2010
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Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 645–656, December 2011
How to Cite
GOLDSTEIN, S. E. (2011), Relational aggression in young adults' friendships and romantic relationships. Personal Relationships, 18: 645–656. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01329.x
The assistance of Pamela Belsom, Grant Carroll, Andria Cheramie, Ann Crapanzano, Mearidth Darbonne, Andrea DiBlasi, Lacey Faucheux, and Regina Krugler is greatly appreciated. The author would also like to express gratitude to the young adults who participated in the study.
- Issue online: 1 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2010
This study examines young adults' experiences with relational aggression among friends and romantic partners. Results suggest that relational aggression occurs more frequently among romantic partners than among friends. A gender difference in relational aggression emerged in the romantic context (females were more aggressive), but no gender difference was found in the friendship context. Relationship exclusivity and normative beliefs about relational aggression predicted aggressive behavior across contexts, while rumination predicted relational aggression in the romantic context but not in the friendship context. Implications of these findings, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.