The importance of self-beliefs on relational aggression of college students

Dana Weber, Sharon Kurpius

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This study examined the interrelationships among mattering to friends, self-esteem, spirituality, and perpetration of relational aggression in friendships among 457 college students. While the three self-belief variables were positively related to each other, only spirituality and mattering to friends discriminated between men and women. Women reported higher spirituality and mattering to friends, and men reported slightly higher self-esteem. Perpetration of relational aggression was negatively related to mattering to friends and self-esteem and was not related to spirituality. Findings are discussed in light of Erikson's theory of adolescent development and Gilligan's theory of interpersonal relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2735-2743
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • community violence
  • mental health and violence
  • spirituality and violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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