Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 211–222

Modifying Social Aggression in Schools

  • Stuart W. Twemlow
  • Peter Fonagy
  • Frank C. Sacco


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.

social aggression bullying violence prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart W. Twemlow
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter Fonagy
    • 3
    • 4
  • Frank C. Sacco
    • 5
  1. 1.Menninger ClinicTopeka
  2. 2.PsychiatryUniversity of Kansas School MedicineWichita
  3. 3.Child & Family CenterMenninger ClinicTopeka
  4. 4.Psychoanalysis UnitUniversity CollegeLondonEngland
  5. 5.Community Services InstituteSpringfield & Boston

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