Examining relational aggression in an individual differences context: Contributions from personality and genetics

Jennifer L. Tackett, Avantè J. Smack, Kathleen W. Reardon

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Abstract

Individual differences, such as normal-range personality, personality pathology, and genetics (specifically behavioral genetics), are variables or constructs that can be used to distinguish people. Individual differences have also been used to understand differences in antisocial behavior, including relational aggression, and can help inform the scientific conceptualization of this behavior. This chapter summarizes evidence for individual differences in relational aggression in three dimensions: normal-range personality, personality pathology, and behavioral genetics. Relationally aggressive behaviors are associated with normal-range personality traits, including high negative affect and low interpersonal and intrapersonal self-regulation. Relational aggression also overlaps with personality pathology. With regard to genetics, relational aggression can be explained by genetic factors and also shows substantial influences from environmental factors. Taken together, relational aggression is probably influenced by a number of internal and external factors, and individual differences research highlights potential heterogeneity in the construct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Development of Relational Aggression
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages152-166
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780190491826
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Aggression personality
  • Behavioral genetics
  • Big five
  • Indirect aggression
  • Personality pathology
  • Relational aggression
  • Social aggression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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