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The personality basis of aggression: The mediating role of anger and the moderating role of emotional intelligence

Garcia-Sancho, Esperanza, Dhont, Kristof, Salguero, J. Martin, Fernandez-Berrocal, Pablo (2017) The personality basis of aggression: The mediating role of anger and the moderating role of emotional intelligence. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 58 (4). pp. 333-340. ISSN 0036-5564. E-ISSN 1467-9450. (doi:10.1111/sjop.12367) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:62128)

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High neuroticism and low agreeableness have been found to predict higher levels of aggression through an increase of negative emotions such as anger. However, previous research has only investigated these indirect associations for physical aggression, whereas evidence for such indirect effects on other types of aggression (i.e., verbal or indirect aggression) is currently lacking. Moreover, no previous work has investigated the moderating role of Ability Emotional Intelligence (AEI), which may buffer against the effects of anger on aggression. The present study (N = 665) directly addresses these gaps in the literature. The results demonstrate that high neuroticism and low agreeableness were indirectly related to higher levels of physical, verbal, and indirect aggression via increased chronic accessibility to anger. Importantly however, the associations with physical aggression were significantly weaker for those higher (vs. lower) on AEI, confirming the buffering role of AEI. We discuss the implications of our findings for theoretical frameworks aiming to understand and reduce aggression and violent behavior.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/sjop.12367
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 08:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 11:03 UTC
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