Studying gender differences of aggressive behavior in adolescents



The contribution presents the results of a research of gender differences of aggressive behavior in adolescents studying in a general education school, in a school for adolescents with deviant behavior and in a cadet corps. Adolescents aged from 15 to 17 of both genders took part in the research. Despite statistically significant differences in certain scales, the results of the research showed, in general, insignificant gender differences in displays of aggression among adolescents of experimental groups. There are statistically significant differences in indices of intensity level of physical aggression, where boys of all age groups, without regard to the education institution factor, showed higher marks. As for the intensity level of hostility, the picture is opposite: girls showed higher marks. No gender differences were found in the process of comparing the indices of anger intensity among adolescents of these groups. In case of comparing the results between different age groups, adolescents who are 15 years old showed the highest indices. Through comparing the intensity indices of aggressive displays among adolescents of different general education institutions, data showed that such indices are minimal among adolescents studying in a general education school.

General Information

Keywords: adolescents, aggression, gender differences, physical aggression, verbal aggression, aggressive behavior, deviant behavior, hostility, Buss-Perry, research of aggressive behavior.

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Markova S.V. Studying gender differences of aggressive behavior in adolescents [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2012. Vol. 4, no. 1 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Svetlana V. Markova, PhD in Psychology, Affiliated Senior Researcher, Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Clinical Psychologist, Medlin Treatment Center, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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