Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 211-222

Modifying Social Aggression in Schools

  • Stuart W. TwemlowAffiliated withMenninger ClinicPsychiatry, University of Kansas School Medicine
  • , Peter FonagyAffiliated withChild & Family Center, Menninger ClinicPsychoanalysis Unit, University College
  • , Frank C. SaccoAffiliated withCommunity Services Institute

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The paper identifies aspects of subtle social aggression in the school environment that can make children and staff feel quite miserable and unsafe, and which will thus likely impair a child's capacity to learn, and a teacher's capacity to teach. Unaddressed power dynamics created by the interaction and attitudes of those in the social context are defined, and the interpersonal dynamics of the abdicating bystander described. A randomized controlled trial of an intervention for elementary schools is described briefly, which attempts to modify social aggression.

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