Sex-specific effects of sociocultural changing on aggression: fact or artefact?

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Abstract

Currently popular is the idea that men are more aggressive and perform more acts of physical aggression than do women. In this article, we examine sex differences in aggression by analyzing the existing literature, stressing the growing utility of analyzing these behaviours using a multidimensional approach taking into account the larger sociocultural context. This will allow us to examine the major controversies surrounding sex differences in aggression. Finally, having revealed some challenging questions regarding limitations in data and methodologies used specially in terms of the sociocultural changes, we propose to explore sex differences in aggression based on the folk theory of aggression.

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