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IFAS paper: a qualitative investigation into beliefs about aggression in an Indian sample

IFAS paper: a qualitative investigation into beliefs about aggression in an Indian sample Purpose – This paper aims to investigate Western studies on beliefs about aggression which have found that men typically hold instrumental beliefs and women hold expressive beliefs. Design/methodology/approach – To investigate whether beliefs about aggression are qualitatively different in an Indian sample, interviews were undertaken with focus groups of 16 and 26‐year‐olds from north‐east India. Findings – IPA analysis indicated that respondents viewed their aggression in terms of: how they might appear; honour or shame; gender roles; and as a loss of self‐control. These findings indicate that beliefs about aggression held in this Indian sample are more complex than can be characterised by the instrumental/expressive dimension. Practical implications – Implications of these findings for developing more culture‐specific measures of beliefs about aggression are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research Emerald Publishing

IFAS paper: a qualitative investigation into beliefs about aggression in an Indian sample

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1759-6599
DOI
10.1108/17596591111187729
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to investigate Western studies on beliefs about aggression which have found that men typically hold instrumental beliefs and women hold expressive beliefs. Design/methodology/approach – To investigate whether beliefs about aggression are qualitatively different in an Indian sample, interviews were undertaken with focus groups of 16 and 26‐year‐olds from north‐east India. Findings – IPA analysis indicated that respondents viewed their aggression in terms of: how they might appear; honour or shame; gender roles; and as a loss of self‐control. These findings indicate that beliefs about aggression held in this Indian sample are more complex than can be characterised by the instrumental/expressive dimension. Practical implications – Implications of these findings for developing more culture‐specific measures of beliefs about aggression are discussed.

Journal

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 10, 2011

Keywords: Beliefs; Aggression; Collectivist culture; Instrumental and expressive beliefs; Self‐control; Shame; Gender roles

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