A qualitative investigation into beliefs about aggression on an Indian sample

Thanzami, Vanlal, Archer, John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0483-1576 and Sullivan, Cath orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5417-8945 (2011) A qualitative investigation into beliefs about aggression on an Indian sample. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 3 (4). pp. 199-209. ISSN 1759-6599

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17596591111187729


Purpose – This paper aims to investigate Western studies on beliefs about aggression which have found that men typically hold instrumental beliefs and women hold expressive beliefs.

Design/methodology/approach – To investigate whether beliefs about aggression are qualitatively different in an Indian sample, interviews were undertaken with focus groups of 16 and 26-year-olds from north-east India.

Findings – IPA analysis indicated that respondents viewed their aggression in terms of: how they might appear; honour or shame; gender roles; and as a loss of self-control. These findings indicate that beliefs about aggression held in this Indian sample are more complex than can be characterised by the instrumental/expressive dimension.

Practical implications – Implications of these findings for developing more culture-specific measures of beliefs about aggression are discussed.

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