Gender, Aggression, and Prosocial Behavior

  • Irene Hanson Frieze
  • Man Yu Li


In this chapter, we examine research on gender and antisocial as well as prosocial behavior in North America. First we examine the many forms of violent and aggressive behavior that occur in everyday life. These include criminal violence, intimate partner violence, child and elder abuse, sibling violence, peer violence, and violence in the workplace. We also briefly review laboratory studies of aggression with college student samples. Then, we turn to a review of research on gender differences in prosocial behaviors. In this section, we examine empathy, disclosure, helping, and compassionate love. Throughout the chapter, we focus on issues related to gender differences in these behaviors, rather than a complete review of research on all of these topics.


Gender Difference Intimate Partner Violence Intimate Partner Sexual Harassment Prosocial Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Hanson Frieze
    • 1
  • Man Yu Li
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Chinese UniversityHong KongChina

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