Article

Prediction of overt aggression experienced by college students

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 29, issue 3, 2019 , pages: 255–259
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2019.1620011
Author(s): Chris MyburghDepartment of Educational Psychology and Nursing Science, South Africa, Marie PoggenpoelDepartment of Educational Psychology and Nursing Science, South Africa, Cornelius FourieDepartment of Educational Psychology and Nursing Science, South Africa

Abstract

We sought to predict overt aggression among college students from their intra- and interpersonal relationships self-perceptions. Respondents were 311 students (females = 69.8%; black = 65.9%, white = 16.7%; mean age = 26.38 years, SD = 9.57 years) from a large South African university. Results following multivariate inferential analysis indicated Negative, destructive interpersonal relationships; Negative, destructive self-concept; and Positive inclination towards others to predict overt aggression among the university students. By contrast, Positive interaction with self and others; and Submissiveness towards others can be used to predict overt aggression among the university students. Our hypothesis that the more constructive (higher) students’ self-concept and intrapersonal relationships, interpersonal relationships, the lower will their levels of overt aggression, physical aggression and verbal aggression become was supported. As such, the finding was that: Overt Aggression = a(Negative destructive interpersonal relationships) + b(Negative destructive self-concept) − c(Positive inclination towards others).

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