Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter you should understand:

  • Biological and social theories of aggression
  • Factors that affect individuals’ propensity to aggression, including gender differences, personality and alcohol
  • Situational factors influencing aggression, including the physical environment, social disadvantage and cultural influences
  • Disinhibition as a process whereby people break social norms against aggression
  • Various ways aggression manifests itself in society, such as domestic violence, sexual harassment and aggression, and terrorism