Communication aggression in relationships : examining differences between cyclical and non-cyclical relationships
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This study examines the role of aggression in relationships, with special attention to cyclical relationships. Drawing from previous research on communication aggression, intimate partner violence, and cyclical relationships, a paper-and-pencil and online survey was conducted (N=210) which included multiple scales and measured communication aggression, relational uncertainty, conflict tactics, and the relationship between those factors and relationship type (cyclical or non-cyclical). Findings reveal: (a) higher levels of aggression in cyclical relationships, particularly psychological aggression and physical assault, (b) no association between communication aggression and any of the subtypes of cyclical relationships, and (c) a significant positive correlation between negotiation and certainty. The findings also provide insight regarding Dailey, et al.'s (2013) cyclical relationship subtypes. This study has implications for individuals who study aggression as well as those who study cyclical relationships.