Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. C. Nathan DeWall


Men from a culture of honor often use physical aggression in response to threats as a way of restoring lost honor. These threats can range from being called an offensive name to someone flirting with their romantic partner. However, cultures of honor form to protect society against threats. Once society no longer needs protection, cultures of honor dissipate. In three studies, the protective qualities of a culture of honor were examined by comparing aggression levels when romantically attached men were threatened to when their significant other was threatened. Study 1 (N=114) consisted of hypothetical scenarios while Study 2 (N=260) and Study 3 (N=240) consisted of actual threats. Overall, men from cultures of honor used more aggression compared to men not from a culture of honor. The protective qualities of a culture of honor were inconclusive. Study 1 suggests that, in general, men use more aggression when protecting their significant other. Studies 2 and 3 found no difference in aggression. Aggression levels did not change when men were primed with thoughts of a violent society (Study 3).

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