This study examined the moderating role of provocation intensity on ruminative triggered displaced aggression (TDA). Following a severe or moderate provocation, participants were either induced to ruminate or were distracted. They then had the opportunity to aggress against another person who criticized their performance on a verbal task or not (viz., the triggering event). Those who ruminated before the triggering event displayed more aggression than those who were distracted. This difference was significantly greater for those in the severe provocation condition compared to those in the moderate provocation condition. These results are consistent with both the Cognitive Neoassociationistic Model and General Aggression Model which posit that provocations of greater intensity increase reactivity to a subsequent trigger, which in turn increases TDA.
|Advisor:||Pedersen, William C.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social psychology|
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