Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - School Psychology


Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Robbie J Steward

Second Advisor

Dr. Daniel McCleary

Third Advisor

Dr. Frankie Clark

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Hyunsook Kang


The purpose of this study was to find out if there is a relationship between verbal aggression and assertiveness. Specifically, the aim was to establish the extent to which demographic factors, family of origin variables and early life exposure to trauma affects the occurrence of verbal aggression and assertiveness in day to day interactions. Data was collected using an online survey and results from 321 participants were analyzed. Results from the study indicated that age, gender and exposure to verbal aggression have a significant effect on the occurrence of verbal aggression. None of the variables were found to have an effect on the occurrence of Assertiveness. Implications of these are discussed in the results section.

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