Prosocial Behavior and Aggression

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


This chapter examines the causes and consequences of prosocial and aggressive behavior. The chapter begins with a discussion of prosocial behavior, then religion and spirituality. Aggression, violence, and sexual victimization are also discussed. The chapter concludes with “Recommendations and Resources” for increasing prosocial behavior and decreasing aggression by and against girls.


Prosocial Behavior Relational Aggression Sexual Victimization African American Student Perspective Taking 
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  1. “Choose Respect” is a 30-minute video of stories from teens who have been in abusive relationships along with parents and professionals who have seen these relationships. The video was developed by the Centers for Disease Control. People in the video describe their experiences with physical and emotional abuse so that these can be spotted by others in relationships. There is also a 13-minute video that is targeted just for teens.
  2. The Safe space web site has several resources devoted to stopping teen partner and domestic violence. The site includes information on legal rights, safety planning, and how to help a friend.
  3. School-based violence prevention programs: A Resource Manual for Preventing Violence against Girls and Young Women is a web site that identifies several school-based resources for preventing violence against girls and young women. This site may be helpful to school administrators, teachers, researchers, community organizations, and others interested in preventing violence among girls. The site provides a review of programs that target violence against women along with resources. The site address is:
  4. Elias, M., Zins, J. E. (2004). Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools: The Next Generation of Prevention. New York: Haworth. This book identifies risk and protective factors and provides practitioners with specific, evidence-based guidelines for preventing violence.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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