, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 25–34 | Cite as

Violent groups

  • Fred Wright
  • Phyllis Wright


This article reviews relevant empirical studies and theoretical formulations in an effort to gain insight into the many violenceprone groups that have come to public attention in recent years. Research findings show group members tend to score high on variables like “anger at family members” and “overcontrolled hostility,” often are in developmental transition at the time they join the groups, and gain relief from significant emotional distress through group membership. Leader characteristics, group norm forming and group control processes particular to these kinds of groups are also described in an effort to develop further understanding.


Family Member Empirical Study Control Process Research Finding Group Norm 
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© Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred Wright
    • 1
  • Phyllis Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.The Department of PsychologyJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew York
  2. 2.The New York Counseling and Guidance ServiceNew York

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