The relation between physical aggression, size and strength, among a sample of young Indian men

John Archer, Van Lal Thanzami

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This study assessed the hypothesis derived from the concept of Resource Holding Power (RHP) that young men with greater size and strength would report more frequent physical aggression over the previous year. This was found to be the case in a sample of young Indian men, with stronger correlations between weight and height than strength, and with an act-based rather than a trait-based measure of physical aggression. The findings are discussed in relation to other reports from western samples linking size or strength and physical aggression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-633
Number of pages7
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Physical aggression
  • Resource holding power
  • Size
  • Strength

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