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dc.contributor.advisorPatel, Cynthia.
dc.creatorKharwa, Saajida.
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-02T06:39:05Z
dc.date.available2017-03-02T06:39:05Z
dc.date.created2016
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/14165
dc.descriptionMaster of Arts in Psychology. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College 2016.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study explored a non-physical, covert form of aggression known as Relational Aggression (RA) from the perspective of young adult women. The aim of the study was to explore how young adult women defined and understood RA. It also aimed to provide a description of their personal experiences with RA. A qualitative research design, located within a constructivist grounded theory framework, was used to guide the study. Initial data was collected in the form of semi-structured interviews with 13 female university students between the ages of 18 and 25 from Durban, SouthAfrica. After tentative explanations and categories had been developed, theoretical sampling was conducted to test these interpretations. The theoretical sampling process involved semi-structured interviews with 3 additional female university students between the ages of 18-25. The final results of the analysis resulted in the emergence of four core categories and fivesub-categories. In accordance with previous research on aggression, the results suggested that RA was pervasive and normative amongst young adult women. It was associated with challenges in female friendships, which were complicated by issues of jealousy and competition, as well as the struggle to attain popularity and an idealised/stereotypical image. The findings highlighted the serious nature of RA and the impact it had on the lives of young women. The findings also illustrated the need for further research on this topic in order to raise awareness and to devise effective ways of dealing with it.en_US
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_US
dc.subjectUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal -- Students.en_US
dc.subjectAggressiveness -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal -- Physiological aspects.en_US
dc.subjectCollege students -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal -- Psychology.en_US
dc.subjectAggressiveness in youth -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal.en_US
dc.subjectLove-hate relationships -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal.en_US
dc.subjectWomen -- South Africa -- KwaZulu-Natal -- Psychology.en_US
dc.subjectTheses -- Psychology.en_US
dc.subject.otherPervasive.en_US
dc.subject.otherYoung adult women.en_US
dc.subject.otherFemale friendships.en_US
dc.subject.otherJealousy.en_US
dc.subject.otherCompetition.en_US
dc.subject.otherIdealised femininity.en_US
dc.title"Words will always hurt me" : South African university students' experiences of female relational aggression.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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