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Clin Psychol Rev. 2008 Jul;28(6):933-51. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2008.02.001. Epub 2008 Feb 16.

A theoretical framework for antigay aggression: review of established and hypothesized effects within the context of the general aggression model.

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Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 5010, Atlanta, Georgia 30302-5010, USA.


Theory and research on antigay aggression has identified different motives that facilitate aggression based on sexual orientation. However, the individual and situational determinants of antigay aggression associated with these motivations have yet to be organized within a single theoretical framework. This limits researchers' ability to organize existing knowledge, link that knowledge with related aggression theory, and guide the application of new findings. To address these limitations, this article argues for the use of an existing conceptual framework to guide thinking and generate new research in this area of study. Contemporary theories of antigay aggression, and empirical support for these theories, are reviewed and interpreted within the unifying framework of the general aggression model [Anderson, C.A. & Bushman, B.J. (2002). Human aggression. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 27-51.]. It is concluded that this conceptual framework will facilitate investigation of individual and situational risk factors that may contribute to antigay aggression and guide development of individual-level intervention.

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