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Childhood Aggression and Violence

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

Abstract

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.”

Keywords

Antisocial Behavior Childhood Aggression Arrest Rate Introductory Chapter False Positive Error Rate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

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

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