Title

“Frenemies, Fraitors, and Mean‐em‐aitors”: Priming Effects of Viewing Physical and Relational Aggression in the Media on Women

Keywords

relational aggression, physical aggression, media, television, women, cognition, prime

Abstract

Past research has shown activation of aggressive cognitions in memory after media violence exposure, but has not examined priming effects of viewing relational aggression in the media. In the current study, 250 women viewed a video clip depicting physical aggression, relational aggression, or no aggression. Subsequent activation of physical and relational aggression cognitions was measured using an emotional Stroop task. Results indicated priming of relational aggression cognitions after viewing the relationally aggressive video clip, and activation of both physical and relational aggression cognitions after viewing the physically aggressive video clip. Results are discussed within the framework of the General Aggression Model.

Original Publication Citation

Coyne, S.M., Linder, J. R., Nelson, D. A., & Gentile, D. A. (2012). “Frenemies, Fraitors, and Mean-em-aitors”: Priming effects of viewing physical and relational aggression in the media on women. Aggressive Behavior, 38, 141-149.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012-02-13

Publisher

Aggressive behavior

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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