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Gender differences in the relationship between self-esteem and aggression in young people leaving care

Canning, Amy, Andrew, Elizabeth, Murphy, Rhian, Walker, Julian and Snowden, Robert 2017. Gender differences in the relationship between self-esteem and aggression in young people leaving care. Violence and Gender 4 (2) , pp. 49-54. 10.1089/vio.2017.0002

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Abstract

Young people in care are known to have high levels of aggressive behaviors and high levels of self-esteem, and these difficulties continue into adult life. Previous research has suggested that there is a relationship between self-esteem and aggression, although the nature of this relationship is unclear and possible differences due to gender have rarely been explored. Therefore, the relationships between different forms of self-esteem (global self-esteem, social rank, social fit, and attractiveness) and aggression were investigated in a sample of young care-leavers. For men, high levels of social rank and high levels of attractiveness were predictive of aggression, whereas for women low levels of perceived social inclusion and low levels of attractiveness were predictive of aggression. These findings suggest that there are significant gender differences in the relationship between self-esteem and aggression in care-leavers and that using domain-specific measures of self-esteem provides a richer understanding of these relationships. They also suggest that a more targeted approach to intervention is needed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: aggression; violence. Self-esteem, gender
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers
ISSN: 2326-7836
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 May 2017
Date of Acceptance: 18 April 2017
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 14:07
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/100236

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