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2nd Edition

The Social Psychology of Aggression
2nd Edition

ISBN 9781841698755
Published March 7, 2013 by Psychology Press
416 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The second edition of this textbook provides a thoroughly revised, updated and expanded overview of social psychological research on aggression.

The first part of the book covers the definition and measurement of aggression, presents major theories and examines the development of aggression. It also covers the role of situational factors in eliciting aggression, and the impact of using violent media.

The second part of the book focuses on specific forms and manifestations of aggression. It includes chapters on aggression in everyday life, sexual aggression and domestic violence against children, intimate partners and elders. There are two new chapters in this part addressing intergroup aggression and terrorism. The concluding chapter explores strategies for reducing and preventing aggression.

The book will be essential reading for students and researchers in psychology and related disciplines. It will also be of interest to practitioners working with aggressive individuals and groups, and to policy makers dealing with aggression as a social problem.

Table of Contents

1. Defining and Measuring Aggression 2. Theories of Aggression 3. Development of Aggression and Individual Differences 4. Situational Elicitation of Aggressive Behavior 5. Media Violence and Aggression 6. Aggression as Part of Everyday Life 7. Aggression in the Family 8. Sexual Aggression 9. Aggression between Social Groups 10. Terrorism 11. Preventing and Reducing Aggressive Behaviour

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Barbara Krahé is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her main research interests are in the area of applied social psychology, focusing on sexual aggression, decision making about sexual assault, and the impact of media violence on aggression. She is an active member of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA).


The second edition of The Social Psychology of Aggression offers an illuminating scientific reflection on pressing societal problems. The book is well-balanced because basic research and applied research on social aggression are emphasized equally. It is revealing, fascinating and passionate and represents a significant and unparalleled contribution to the aggression literature. - Hans-Werner Bierhoff, Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Krahé has done an excellent job of organizing and explaining current social psychological research on aggression. Her careful examination of factors that influence aggression in a variety of contexts provides a solid introduction to the field. - Jeff Bryson, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, USA

This edition is a wonderful update to the excellent 1st edition. It accurately and clearly portrays the current state of knowledge about the social psychology of human aggression, and does so in an engaging way. Students will love it. - Craig A. Anderson, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University, USA

Barbara Krahé presents a thorough and engaging overview of the social psychological literature on human aggression… I felt compelled to stop at several points per chapter to take notes and ponder the ideas Dr. Krahé presents. - Kevin M. Swartout, The Bulletin of the International Society for Research in Aggression, Volume 35 (1), June 2013