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Abstract

Relational aggression is becoming a topic of conversation in many areas. The present study examined college students' perceptions of relational aggression and whether or not these perceptions change based on popularity levels and social skill levels. A sample of 117 female college students read one of four scenarios about popularity and social skills. They completed two scenario based scales on perceptions of general and specific relational aggression, and self-report scales measuring social skills, popularity, and relational aggression. It was found that as the perceived level of social skills increased, so did the perceived levels of both specific and general relational aggression. Findings also suggest that as perceived popularity levels increase, so do the perceived levels of general:relational aggression. The recognition of these traits is imperative so that people may better understand who is at risk for being a perpetrator or victim of relational aggression.

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