Aggressive Behavior as a Function of Age and Sex

Paula Poorman, Edward Donnerstein, Marcia Donnerstein

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The present experiment investigated age and sex differences in aggressive behavior. With the use of an apparatus which delivered differentially noxious noise bursts, 40 male and female Ss of preschool and adolescent age aggressed against a male or female peer. Results indicated that aggression by and toward females was relatively stable over age, while aggression by males toward other males increased markedly (p <.05). The implication of findings for reinforcement explanations of sex differences in aggression are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Genetic Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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