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The Development of Relational Aggression$
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Sarah M. Coyne and Jamie M. Ostrov

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190491826

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190491826.001.0001

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Psychophysiology Indicators of Relational Aggression

Psychophysiology Indicators of Relational Aggression

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The Development of Relational Aggression

Dianna Murray-Close

Nicole L. Breslend

Leigh Ann Holterman

Oxford University Press

Mounting evidence implicates psychophysiological processes in the development of relational aggression. This review discusses the state of the field regarding associations between physiological stress systems—including the sympathetic nervous system, the parasympathetic nervous system, and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis—and relational aggression. The theoretical significance of these processes is discussed, and potential moderators of associations, such as functions of relational aggression, contextual risk, and gender, are considered. Finally, critical next steps in this research area, including the incorporation of additional physiological indicators, are reviewed. This research has the potential to advance our understanding of many of the significant questions in relational aggression research, such as who engages in relational aggression and why, and whether these behaviors result in negative or positive developmental outcomes.

Keywords:   sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system, skin conductance, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, blood pressure, heart rate, salivary alpha amylase, cortisol, fearlessness theory, stimulation-seeking theory

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