Previous research has demonstrated that ruminating with another individual (viz. collective rumination) increases displaced aggression more so than individual rumination. Furthermore, minor triggering events following an initial provocation have been found to dramatically amplify the magnitude of displaced aggressive responding – a phenomenon known as triggered displaced aggression (TDA). The current study was the first to investigate the impact of collective rumination on TDA in the context of both in-group and out-group targets. Participants were provoked, assigned to collectively or individually ruminate, and then received a negative (viz. trigger) or neutral (viz. no-trigger) evaluation from an in-group or out-group target whom they subsequently had the opportunity to displace aggression against. Results revealed that rumination type moderated the effect of target type on triggered displaced aggression. Contrary to expectations, simple effect analyses showed that in-group targets received more triggered displaced aggression than out-group targets in the context of collective rumination. Furthermore, negative affective reaction to communication with the confederate mediated this effect. Implications for triggered displaced aggression will be discussed.
|Commitee:||Pan-Weisz, Bradley, Urizar, Guido|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/6(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Experimental psychology, Social psychology, Behavioral psychology|
|Keywords:||Aggression, Intergroup relations, Rumination, Displacement, Minor triggers, Displaced aggression|
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