Length of training, hostility and the martial arts: a comparison with other sporting groups

K Daniels, E Thornton

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Previous research has indicated that training in the martial arts leads to a reduction in levels of hostility. However, such research has only compared hostility within martial arts groups. The present research compares two martial arts groups and two other sporting groups on levels of assaultive, verbal and indirect hostility. Moderated multiple regression analyses revealed a significant interaction between length of training in the respondent's stated sport and whether that sport was a martial art in predicting assaultive and verbal hostility. The form of the interaction suggests that participation in the martial arts is associated, over time, with decreased feelings of assaultive and verbal hostility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-120
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992


  • Adult
  • Hostility
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Martial Arts
  • Questionnaires
  • Regression Analysis
  • Time Factors
  • Verbal Behavior

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