Passive Aggression Among Latter-Day Saints: Evidence From The Wasatch Front

When people experience disagreements or conflict,passive aggression is one of at least five possible response options. Research shows that it is generally a poor, unconstructive strategy, and is also a less common response among the US population at large. However, for Latter-Day Saints born and raised along the Wasatch Front, the passive-aggressive response appears to occur at a rate approximately two to three times higher than the national average. This paper will present data on this phenomenon along with a discussion on the most likely causal forces driving these findings.

Michael J. Stevens