Fathers’ Trait Verbal Aggressiveness and Argumentativeness as Predictors of Adult Sons’ Perceptions of Fathers’ Sarcasm, Criticism, and Verbal Aggressiveness

Michael J. Beatty, Jean A. Dobos, Jill E. Rudd, James R. Zelley

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Abstract

This research used Infante’s (1987) conceptualization of trait verbal aggressiveness and argumentativeness to analyze adult males’ perceptions of their fathers’ messages. In the present study, fathers’ self-reports of verbal aggressiveness and argumentativeness were used to predict their adult sons ‘ reports of fathers ‘ sarcasm, criticism, and global verbal aggressiveness. Results of multivariate regression analyses indicated that (1) fathers’ argumentativeness accounted for a significant percentage of variance in the dependent variable set but did not contribute significantly to the univariate equations and (2) fathers’ verbal aggressiveness explained a significant percentage of the multivariance and contributed significantly to each univariate equation. Overall, the predictor set explained 39.32% of the variance in the dependent variable set. As predicted, the preponderance of the effect (30.05%) was due to fathers’ verbal aggressiveness. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-415
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1994

Keywords

  • adult sons
  • argumentativeness
  • criticism
  • fathers
  • sarcasm
  • verbal aggressiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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