Institutional Aggression

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  • Created on: 17-02-16 14:49


  • Instrumental aggression is when groups share a common identity or aims e.g. the police use aggression in a non-emotive manner as a means of achieving goals.
  • Hostile aggression is when people who live within in an instiuation use aggression because of an emotional state e.g. anger.
  • Explanations tend to come from aggression stemming from factors within the social situation or from personality factors. 
  • Aggression in institutions is a significant problem as in the USA there was 26,000 prisoner-prisoner assaults during 1995. Yet these are only reported figures so actual levels are probably five times higher. 
  • Importation suggests that aggression is due to the individual characteristics that prisoners


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