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Aim of this research is to suggest indicators, based on social network analysis, that distinguish superficial, idiosyncratic and strategic verbal aggressiveness. Two classes of an adult education school at secondary level in a prison have been selected as network samples A class = 23 and B class = 12 prisoners. Complete network analysis has been applied, using standardized questionnaires. The network variables have further processed through Pearson correlation. Indicators of superficial and pure roles, particularly incremental and proportional behavior, have been applied in two forms of verbal aggressiveness criticism and threatening. The superficial behavior SB: outdegree of verbal aggressiveness seems to be a quite sensitive indicator, as it presents correlations with various other relational forms of familiarity, aggressiveness and appreciation-socialization. The incremental behavior IB: difference of received from outgoing actions is also a sensitive indicator, revealing, however, different results. Pure aggressiveness in terms of difference seems to be related with quite different causes and-or occasions than the superficial aggressiveness. Incremental behavior is likely to be at first place driven by the idiosyncrasy rather than by exogenous factors and seems to constitute a completely different notion than the SB. The proportional behavior PB: ration of outgoing to the received actions of aggression is a quite insensitive indicator, as it depends only on a few behavioral variables. It seems to reveal a rational strategy of adaptability. Thus, it characteristically differs from the indicators of superficiality expressing reciprocity patterns and of the incremental aggressiveness expressing individualism.

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Verbal Aggressiveness, Prisoners, Social Network Analysis, Superficial, Incremental, Proportional Behavior

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Bekiari, A. and Hasanagas, N. 2016 Suggesting Indicators of Superficiality and Purity in Verbal Aggressiveness: An Application in Adult Education Class Networks of Prison Inmates. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 4, 279-292. doi: 10.4236-jss.2016.43035.





Author: Alexandra Bekiari*, Nikolaos Hasanagas

Source: http://www.scirp.org/



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