Developmental Origins of Aggression

Edited by Richard E. Tremblay, Willard W. Hartup, and John Archer

Hardcover
Hardcover
March 15, 2005
ISBN 9781593851101
Price: $73.00 $54.75
480 Pages
Size: 6⅛" x 9¼"
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While aggression is often conceived as a learned behavior that peaks during adolescence, this important volume shows that aggressive behaviors have their origins in early childhood and even infancy. Findings from major longitudinal research programs are used to illuminate the processes by which most children learn alternatives to physical aggression as they grow older, while a minority become increasingly violent. The developmental trajectories of proactive, reactive, and indirect aggression are reviewed, as are lessons learned from animal studies. Bringing together the best of current knowledge, the volume sheds new light on the interplay of biological factors, social and environmental influences, and sex differences in both adaptive and maladaptive aggression.

“In addition to being a rich source of material to those keeping abreast of aggression research, Developmental Origins of Aggression could be used as a graduate text. The book would nicely serve as a discussion piece for a developmental psychology course or a seminar on aggression in peer relations....The book is informative for those conducting aggression research but also offers theoretical viewpoints that may benefit other scientific areas and would be a useful teaching resource.”

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“With impeccable scholarship and compelling writing, this book convinced me that aggression is a natural feature of human and animal development. Each chapter speaks with authority, and together the chapters record everything known about the origins of aggression. An essential reference for anyone striving to understand where antisocial behavior comes from.”

—Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK, and Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison


“Our understanding of aggression has gone through a virtual revolution during the past few decades. This splendid book admirably indicates what is new about the ideas and findings, why they are important, and how they should influence policy and practice. The approach taken is critical but constructive, and readers will gain an appreciation of the excitement of the field, the puzzles that remain, and the challenges ahead. Altogether, this is a remarkable book that researchers and practitioners alike will want to turn to for years to come. It provides answers where they are available and provokes questioning thought when that is what is needed.”

—Michael Rutter, MD, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK


“This is a superb, cutting-edge volume that advances our understanding of why some youth and adults are aggressive and commit acts of violence against others. Developmental Origins of Aggression should be required reading for students from a wide variety of fields—including psychology, medicine, social work, criminology, and sociology—who are interested in human behavior.”

—Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. The Development of Aggression: Where Do We Stand?, Willard W. Hartup

II. The Development of Aggression in Animals and Humans

2. Subtypes of Aggression in Humans and Animals, Paul L. Gendreau and John Archer

3. Play Fighting: Aggression, Affiliation, and the Development of Nuanced Social Skills, Sergio M. Pellis, Vivien C. Pellis, and Afra Foroud

4. Genetic and Environmental Factors Influencing the Expression of Impulsive Aggression and Serotonergic Functioning in Rhesus Monkeys, Stephen J. Suomi

5. The Developmental Origins of Physical Aggression in Humans, Richard E. Tremblay and Daniel S. Nagin

6. The Beginnings of Aggression in Infancy, Dale F. Hay

7. Play and the Regulation of Aggression, Jordan B. Peterson and Joseph L. Flanders

8. Indirect Aggression among Humans: Social Construct or Evolutionary Adaptation?, Tracy Vaillancourt

9. Proactive and Reactive Aggression: A Developmental Perspective, Frank Vitaro and Mara Brendgen

10. Homicide, Violence, and Developmental Trajectories, Rolf Loeber, Eric Lacourse, and D. Lynn Homish

III. Determinants of Aggression

11. Genetics and the Development of Aggression, Daniel Pérusse and Paul L. Gendreau

12. Mapping Brain Development and Aggression, Tomáš Paus

13. Neuromodulators in the Development and Expression of Inhibition and Aggression, Robert O. Pihl and Chawki Benkelfat

14. Hormones and the Developmental Origins of Aggression, Stephanie H. M. Van Goozen

15. Executive Function in Early Physical Aggression, Jean Richard Séguin and Philip David Zelazo

16. Language Development and Aggressive Behavior, Ginette Dionne

17. The Intergenerational Transmission of Aggression and Antisocial Behavior, Mark Zoccolillo, Elisa Romano, David Joubert, Tania Mazzarello, Sylvana Côté, Michel Boivin, Daniel Pérusse, and Richard E. Tremblay

18. Peer Relationships and the Development of Aggressive Behavior in Early Childhood, Michel Boivin, Frank Vitaro, and François Poulin

19. Social Capital and Physical Violence, Uberto Gatti and Richard E. Tremblay

20. Sex Differences in Aggressive Behavior: A Developmental and Evolutionary Perspective, John Archer and Sylvana Côté

IV. Challenges for the Future

21. The Developmental Origins of Aggression: Where Are We Going?, Richard E. Tremblay and Sylvana Côté


About the Editors

Richard E. Tremblay, PhD, is Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Montreal and Director of the Inter-University Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment. For over 20 years, he has conducted a program of longitudinal and experimental studies addressing the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of children from conception onward to understand the development and prevention of antisocial behavior.

Willard W. Hartup, EdD, is Regents' Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hartup has spent many years researching friendship and peer relations in child development, antipathies and their significance, and conflict and aggression in childhood and adolescence.

John Archer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom. His research is concerned with human aggression, grief and loss, and sex differences. Dr. Archer is also the author of several books, including Sex and Gender (with Barbara Lloyd) and The Nature of Grief; numerous book chapters; and over 100 articles in refereed journals covering psychology, medicine, and biology. In recent years, he has published a number of meta-analytic reviews on topics connected with sex differences in aggression.

Contributors

John Archer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Chawki Benkelfat, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Michel Boivin, PhD, Research Unit on Children's Social Maladjustment, School of Psychology, Laval University, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Mara Brendgen, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Sylvana Côté, PhD, School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ginette Dionne, PhD, School of Psychology, Laval University, Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Joseph L. Flanders, BSc, Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Afra Foroud, MSc, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Uberto Gatti, MD, Department of Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy

Paul L. Gendreau, PhD, School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Willard W. Hartup, EdD, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Dale F. Hay, PhD, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK

D. Lynn Homish, BSc, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

David Joubert, MA, MCA, Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Eric Lacourse, PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Rolf Loeber, PhD, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Tania Mazzarello, BSc, Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Daniel S. Nagin, PhD, H. J. Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Tomáš Paus, MD, PhD, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Sergio M. Pellis, PhD, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Vivien C. Pellis, PhD, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Daniel Pérusse, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jordan B. Peterson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robert O. Pihl, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

François Poulin, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Elisa Romano, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Jean Richard Séguin, PhD, Research Unit on Children's Psychological Maladjustment, Department of Psychiatry, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Stephen J. Suomi, PhD, Laboratory of Comparative Ethology, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Richard E. Tremblay, PhD, Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Stephanie H. M. Van Goozen, PhD, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Tracy Vaillancourt, PhD, Department of Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Frank Vitaro, PhD, Research Unit on Children's Psychosocial Maladjustment, School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Philip David Zelazo, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mark Zoccolillo, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Audience

Researchers, practitioners, and students in developmental psychology, child clinical psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, criminology, and related disciplines.

Course Use

May serve as a text in graduate-level courses in developmental psychology, abnormal child psychology, social deviance (sociology), and criminology.