Intrafamily aggression in Turkey: Frequency, instigation, and acceptance

Hortacsu N., Kalaycioglu S., Rittersberger-Tilic H.

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, vol.143, no.2, pp.163-184, 2003 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 143 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00224540309598438
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.163-184
  • Keywords: instigation, intrafamily violence, physical or verbal aggression, Turkish culture, STEREOTYPES, POWER
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The present study was designed (a) to determine the frequency of aggression within different pairs of family members, (b) to define actions that may be construed as instigations of intrafamily aggression when committed by different members of the family, and (c) to investigate acceptance rates for different types of aggression from and toward different family members as reactions to different instigations. Questionnaires were administered verbally to 185 Turkish men and women between the ages of 14 and 75. The reported frequency of aggression was highest in mother-child relationships. Reported frequencies were higher for milder acts of aggression than for harsher acts. Content analyses of definitions of different actions that could be construed as instigations for aggression varied, depending on the person performing the act. Variations were consistent with power differences within the family and with gender stereotypes. The acceptance rate for intrafamily aggression was higher for verbal than for physical aggression and showed variations, depending on the nature of the instigation. Discussion focused on the relationship between intrafamily aggression and control.