Religion and the Relationship Between Verbal Aggressiveness and Argumentativeness

Stephen M. Croucher, Kyle Holody, Samara Anarbaeva, Ramune Braziunaite, Veronica Garcia-Michael, Ki sung Yoon, Deepa Oommen, Anthony Spencer

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This study analyzes the influence of sex, education, religion, and religiosity on the relationship between argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness. Verbal aggressiveness is a less acceptable way to approach disagreement than argumentativeness. Argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness were not significantly related. Further analysis revealed that male participants were significantly more verbally aggressive, individuals with higher education were less verbally aggressive, and religiosity decreased verbal aggressiveness. Moreover, Mainline Protestants were generally more verbally aggressive than other religious groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-129
Number of pages14
JournalAtlantic Journal of Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2012


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