Assessment of anger terms in Hebrew: A gender comparison

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Appraisal of anger terms is based on past experience recollections, social norms, and gender roles. The objectives of this study were to find combinations of emotional components presented by a new composite variable that will exhibit differences between genders and differentiate between anger terms in Hebrew. The sample was comprised of forty students, Hebrew native speakers who participated in a web based study. Participants were asked to rate eight anger terms in Hebrew on a number of features that comprised five emotional components: subjective feelings states body reactions, expressions, action tendencies, and cognitive evaluations. A two-factor between-subjects multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was conducted. A simplified multivariate composite, defined as subjective experience minus regulation, explained 10% of the gender difference. Another simplified composite, which combines the additive effect of the subjective experience and the actions that accompany this emotional state, explained 14% of difference between the anger terms. The findings are discussed with respect to appraisal theory and social constructivist conceptualization.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)303-324
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2015


  • anger terms
  • appraisal
  • emotional components
  • gender

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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