Childhood Aggression and Violence

Individual and System Approaches
  • Clifford R. O’Donnell
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


In his introductory chapter, Deane Neubauer offered some caveats for our consideration, noting that in American culture and society violence and aggression are framed as a social problem and that “we are led by our values, beliefs, and professional training to seek resolution of the problem by locating it within the individual and searching for means of effective individual intervention.” The effects, he warned, “of articulating individual-focused behavior changes as the primary vehicle for intervention” are to shift responsibility onto individuals, to suggest that little “can be done to affect these problems at the level of social causation,” to medicalize, professionalize, and depoliticize the issue, and to provide intervention in a form most likely to benefit “those groups predisposed by education and other SES-related attributes to change in a self-interested direction.” He then concluded that although an individual focus is vitally important it is also insufficient and hoped that we would not pursue it “to the extent that efforts to expand the social understanding and treatment of violence and aggression are shunted aside as important but somehow insufficiently demanding problems for our attention.”


Antisocial Behavior Childhood Aggression Arrest Rate Introductory Chapter False Positive Error Rate 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Bronfenbrenner, U. (1979). The ecology of human development: Experiments by nature and design. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Hamparian, D. M., Schuster, R., Dinitz, S., & Conrad, J. P. (1978). The violent few. Lexington: Heath.Google Scholar
  3. Knight, R., Prentky, R., Schneider, B., & Rosenberg, R. (1983). Linear causal modeling of adaptation and criminal history in sexual offenses. In K. T. Van Dusen & S. A. Mednick (Eds.), Prospective studies of crime and delinquency. Boston: Kluwer-Nijhoff.Google Scholar
  4. Loeber, R., Dishion, T. J., & Patterson, G. R. (1984). Multiple gating: A multistage assessment procedure for identifying youths at risk for delinquency. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 21, 7–32.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Mednick, S. A., Gabrielli, W. F., & Hutchings, B. (1983). Genetic influence in criminal behavior: Evidence from an adaptation cohort. In K. T. Van Dusen & S. A. Mednick (Eds.), Prospective studies of crime and delinquency (pp. 39–56 ). Boston: Kluwer-Nijhoff.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Melahn, C. L., & O’Donnell, C. R. (1978). Norm-based behavioral consulting. Behavior Modiiication, 2, 309–338.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Moore, D. R., Chamberlain, P., & Mukai, L. (1979). A follow-up comparison of stealing and aggression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 7, 345–355.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. O’Donnell, C. R. (1977). Behavior modification in community settings. In M. Hersen, R. M. Eisler, & P. M. Miller (Eds.), Progress in behavior modification (Vol. 4 ). New York: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  9. O’Donnell, C. R. (1984). Behavioral community psychology and the natural environment. In C. M. Franks & C. Diament (Eds.), New developments in practical behavior therapy: From research to clinical applications (pp. 495–524 ). New York: Haworth Press.Google Scholar
  10. O’Donnell, C. R., Lydgate, T., & Fo, W. S. O. (1979). The buddy system: Review and follow-up. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 1, 161–169.Google Scholar
  11. O’Donnell, C. R., Manos, M. J., & Chesney-Lind, M. (In press). Diversion and neighborhood delinquency programs in open settings: A social network interpretation. In E. K. Morris & C. J. Braukmann (Eds.), Behavioral approaches to crime and delinquency: Application, research, and theory. New York: Plenum Press.Google Scholar
  12. Olweus, D. (1984). Stability in aggressive and withdrawn inhibited behavior patterns. In R. M. Kaplan, V. J. Konecni, & R. W. Novaco (Eds.), Aggression in children and youth (pp. 104–137). Boston: M. Nijhoff.Google Scholar
  13. Prinz, R., Connor, P., & Wilson, C. (1981). Hyperactive and aggressive behaviors in childhood: Intertwined dimensions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 9, 191–202.Google Scholar
  14. Schleifer, M., Weiss, G., Cohen, N. J., Elman, M., Cvejic, H., & Kruger, E. (1975). Hyperactivity in preschoolers and the effect of methylphenidate. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 45, 38–50.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Schwendinger, H., & Schwendinger, J. (1982). The paradigmatic crisis in delinquency theory. Crime and Social Justice, 17, 70–78.Google Scholar
  16. Staats, A. W. (1975). Social behaviorism. Homewood, IL: Dorsey Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford R. O’Donnell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

Personalised recommendations