Sexual and Physical Aggression Involve Different Relationship Dynamics


  • Joshua D. Wright Texas Tech University
  • Rosemary Cogan Texas Tech University
  • Nathanael Taylor Texas Tech University



Conflict Tactics Scale, physical aggression, sexual aggression, partners, Bornstein Relationship Profile Test, dependency


We assessed differences in relationship functioning in physically and in sexually aggressive student men and women. Forty-seven university students in beginning psychology classes completed the Bornstein Relationship Profile Test (RPT) and the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2) for partners and for others. The RPT categorizes people on dependency-detachment and yields three subscales: Destructive Overdependence, Dysfunctional Detachment, and Healthy Dependency. The CTS2 measures both the extent of to-partner and to-other aggression and the use of physical and sexual aggression in dealing with conflict. Students who were sexually aggressive toward partners and/or others had lower scores on Bornstein’s Healthy Dependence scale than those who were not sexually aggressive, F(1,43) = 6.57, p = .01.


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Author Biographies

Joshua D. Wright, Texas Tech University

MA student in the general psychology program at The City University of New York, Hunter College.

Rosemary Cogan, Texas Tech University

Professor of psychology and chair of the Texas Tech University institutional review board.

Nathanael Taylor, Texas Tech University

Doctoral student of clinical psychology.



How to Cite

Wright, J. D., Cogan, R., & Taylor, N. (2012). Sexual and Physical Aggression Involve Different Relationship Dynamics. Journal of Student Research, 1(3), 26-27.



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