Gender Moderates the Relationship between Empathy and Aggressiveness in Sport: The Mediating Role of Anger

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Abstract

This research investigated whether gender moderates, and anger mediates, the relationship between empathy (i.e., perspective taking and empathic concern) and aggressiveness in sport. In Study 1, perspective taking and empathic concern were negatively associated with aggressiveness, and this effect was stronger in women compared to men. In Study 2, perspective taking was a negative predictor of aggressiveness and antisocial behavior in sport, and anger mediated these relationships in women, but not in men. Our findings suggest that empathy and emotion-based strategies targeted at reducing aggressiveness in sport need to be tailored for males and females.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Early online date10 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • antisocial behavior
  • empathic concern
  • morality
  • perspective taking

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