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Advances in Psychological Science    2019, Vol. 27 Issue (1) : 106-116     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.00106
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Relational aggression in romantic relationship
WANG Hao1,YU Guoliang2()
1 Mental Health Education and Counseling Center, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
2 Institute of Psychology, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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Relational aggression in romantic relationship refers to behaviors intended to hurt or harm one’s romantic partner through the damage or manipulation of relationships, including direct and indirect aggression, as well as proactive and reactive aggression. Relational aggression in romantic relationship, targeting at the relationship, can be seen as a kind of conflict resolution strategy and is usually reciprocal. Researchers usually use questionnaires to assess relational aggression in romantic relationship. Relational aggression in romantic relationship can decrease relationship quality and mental health level, and induce physical aggression and intimate partner violence. It can be influenced by sex, attachment, power in romantic relationship, and relational aggression in peer relationship. In the future, the researchers should pay attention to the motivation of relational aggression in romantic relationship, clarify the relation between the perpetration and victimization of relational aggression, and strengthen the researches on theorization and targeted intervention.

Keywords relational aggression      romantic relationship      conflict resolution strategy     
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Issue Date: 23 November 2018
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Hao WANG,Guoliang YU. Relational aggression in romantic relationship[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2019, 27(1): 106-116.
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