A comparison of covert and overt aggression between men and women
This study investigates the relationship of two types of aggression, covert aggression and overt aggression, in men and women. Much of the earlier research focused on what is now known as overt aggression, which is more characteristic of men (Berkowitz, 1993; Crick, Casas, & Mosher, 1997). Recent research led to the discovery that women can also be aggressive; however, they tend to display a different form of aggression classified as covert aggression (Bjorkqvist, Osterman, & Lagerspetz, 1994).
Data was collected from 205 (140 females, 65 males) undergraduate students, aged 18 to 52, utilizing The Aggression Questionnaire (AQ) and The Displaced Aggression Questionnaire (DAQ). Scores were calculated for total aggression, covert aggression, and overt aggression in men and women. There was not a significant difference in overt aggression and total aggression scores for men and women. Women produced higher scores on covert aggression compared to men.
0733: Gender studies