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Examining Verbal and Physical Retaliation Against Kinship Insults

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This study examined how different types of insults—social status insults and reproductive status insults—toward one's family and friends influenced the likelihood of verbal and physical retaliation. Participants were given a questionnaire containing scenarios in which a hypothetical person insulted each participant's sibling, cousin, or friend. Participants indicated they were significantly less likely to verbally retaliate when a cousin was insulted than when a sibling or friend was insulted. Men were more likely to physically retaliate toward male insulters. Women were more likely to physically retaliate toward female insulters. Women were more likely to verbally retaliate than men, but only when the insulter was female. Both men and women were more likely to retaliate when a woman was insulted.
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Keywords: AGGRESSION; ALTRUISM; INCLUSIVE FITNESS; INSULTS; RETALIATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-10-01

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