Towards the development of a conflict escalation model: The case of Israeli youth

Zeev Winstok, Zvi Eisikovits, Gideon Fishman

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to present and initially test a model of escalation to verbal and physical aggression among Israeli youths. Stratified sampling was used to obtain data from 799 students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades of junior high schools in a northern Israeli city and its suburbs. A structural equation model (SEM) analysis confirmed that there is a significant positive correlation between the constructs of the so-called escalation preference and capability, and showed that both significantly influenced the escalation pattern. In addition, boys and younger students appeared to demonstrate a higher escalatory tendency than girls and older students. Theoretical and practical implications for professional intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-292
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Youth and Adolescence
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Conflict
  • Escalation
  • Interaction unit of analysis
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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