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Lincoln Memorial University Journal of Social Sciences

Abstract

Democrats and Republicans have different platforms on how to modify the social learning environment. According to the social learning theory, people learn to be aggressive through their life experiences. These experiences include personally observing the behaviors of others and modeling them. Personal behaviors are a product of learning the norms, values, and behaviors of society. Indeed, learning is a by-product of the interaction with others and is influenced by perceptions of the legal code. Because people experience culture conflict when they are exposed to different and opposing attitudes of acceptable behaviors, and because Democrats and Republicans have different attitudes toward marijuana, gun control, and religion, it is unclear if the different social learning environments created by the two different political parties will influence high school violence. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine if there is a difference between political partisanship and the percentage of female high school students who physically fight on campus in each jurisdiction. This study examined electronic second-hand data collected in 2013, 2015, and 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results of the logistic regression for repeated measures indicate that there is a statistically significant relationship between female high school students who physically fight on campus and political party. Females were 35.6% less likely to physically fight on campus in Republican states than in Democrat states.

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