A preliminary investigation of a new pictorial method of measuring aggression: supportive cognition among young aggressive males

Jade N. Hutchings, Theresa A. Gannon, Elizabeth Gilchrist

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A new pictorial assessment was developed to measure aggression-supportive cognitions among young aggressive male students. The assessment was comprised of 17 watercolor ambiguous sketches that could be interpreted in either an aggressive or a benign manner (e.g., two young people facing each other with their arms folded). The results showed that high trait aggressive male students were more likely to make hostile attributions of the pictures, providing significantly more themes of entitlement and power in the stories they generated about the pictures. Aggressive male students also endorsed significantly more aggression-supportive cognitions on a self-report measure and provided some supporting qualitative accounts of physically aggressive encounters. The results of this study are discussed and evaluated with reference to future work with young violent adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-249
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008



  • psychology
  • cognition
  • young males
  • measuring aggression

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