Aggression toward female partners by at-risk young men: the contribution of male adolescent friendships.

D. M. Capaldi, T. J. Dishion, M. Stoolmiller, K. Yoerger

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Deviancy training was examined as a risk factor for physical and psychological aggression toward a female partner among boys and young men in the Oregon Youth Study. Hostile talk about women during videotaped male friendship interactions was hypothesized to indicate a process by which aggression toward women is reinforced within male peer networks. Both antisocial behavior and hostile talk were predicted to be associated with later aggression toward a female partner. Prospective developmental models were tested from 9-10 years of age through young adulthood. Findings indicated that the relation of deviant peer association in adolescence and later aggression toward a partner was mediated by antisocial behavior; observed hostile talk about women with male peers explained additional variance in aggression toward a partner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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