Young Children’s Emotional Arousal and Anger/Aggressive Behaviors

  • Richard A. Fabes
  • Nancy Eisenberg
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


Few topics have attracted as much theoretical and empirical attention as the development, socialization, and regulation of children’s aggressive behavior (see Parke & Slaby, 1983, for a review). Although the study of children’s aggressive behavior has a long history, there are still many important questions and issues that remain unanswered. For example, a long-standing explanation of aggressive behavior is that it is motivated by emotional arousal (EA; e.g., Zillmann, 1983). However, although EA creates a readiness for aggression, it is not a necessary condition for aggression (Berkowitz, 1974). Under what conditions does emotional arousability affect children’s angry and aggressive behaviors and what factors (e.g., temperament, gender, socialization) moderate the relation between children’s EA and angry/aggressive behaviors? These questions serve as the basis for this chapter.


Aggressive Behavior Emotional Arousal Social Competence Reactive Aggression Arousal Group 
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  • Nancy Eisenberg

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