A Strong Association Between Childhood Physical Abuse And Reactive Aggression ( Kolla Et Al

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However, the study did find that there was a strong association between childhood physical abuse and reactive aggression (Kolla et al., 2013). Reactive aggression is when an individual responds to a frustration or perceived threat in a hostile and impulsive manner. This is different that proactive aggression, where an individual responds in an aggressive way without being provoked and is typically aimed at possessing objects or controlling other people. This distinction is important as research has found that individuals with psychopathy are more likely to engage in both forms of aggression, where as individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder typically only engage in reactive aggression (Frick, 2009).
Other researchers began noticing a connection between childhood abuse, anger and violence. Ramirez, Jeglic, and Calkins (2015) found that men who sexually offended reported higher levels of anger if they had experienced childhood abuse than those who had not. Additionally, the offenders who had experienced multiple types of abuse in childhood reported higher levels of anger than those offenders who had only experienced one type (Ramirez et al., 2015). The offenders who reported being angrier also used violence or more severe violence while carrying out their crimes (Ramirez et al., 2015). This study also broke down the different types of sexual offending. More specifically, men who were convicted of rape were rated as angrier than those were convicted of child…

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