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Harm, intent, and the nature of aggressive behavior - Measuring naturally occurring aggression in barroom settings
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
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2006 (English)In: Assessment (Odessa, Fla.), ISSN 1073-1911, E-ISSN 1552-3489, Vol. 13, no 3, 280-296 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The research goals were to use the constructs of harm and intent to quantify the severity of aggression in the real-world setting of the bar/club, to describe the range of aggressive behaviors and their relationship to harm and intent, and to examine gender differences in the form and severity of aggression. Systematic observations were conducted by trained observers on 1,334 nights in 118 bars/clubs. Observers documented a range of aggressive acts by 1,754 patrons in 1,052 incidents, with many forms of aggression occurring at more than one harm and intent level. Women used different forms of aggression, inflicted less harm, and were more likely to have defensive intent compared with men. Implications of the findings for research and measurement of aggression and applications to preventing aggression and violence are discussed.

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2006. Vol. 13, no 3, 280-296 p.
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naturalistic observation, barroom, alcohol and aggression, gender differences, intent, severity of aggression
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155432DOI: 10.1177/1073191106288180ISI: 000239962500006PubMedID: 16880280OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155432DiVA: diva2:426067
Available from: 2011-06-22 Created: 2011-06-22 Last updated: 2011-06-22Bibliographically approved

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