Analyzing Response Relationships in Childhood Aggression

The Clinical Perspective
  • Ian M. Evans
  • Alice D. Scheuer
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


The empirical study of aggression and violence in children occurs at many different levels of analysis, as is well illustrated by the other chapters of this volume. Each level is legitimate and equally necessary for providing a systematic conceptualization of the phenomenon. Although our understanding may be far from complete, the accumulation of surprisingly consistent findings that will be reported later in this book reveals the basic adequacy of a multilevel conceptualization for designing the broad requirements of therapeutic and preventative programs. At the same time, the clinician (who may be defined loosely as any formally designated agent of social change), even when oriented toward indirect community or family interventions, must ultimately deal with individual children revealing unique constellations of problems. Clinicians thus face the unenviable task of having to consider each of the many levels when assessing and treating individual cases of aggressive behavior. Effective clinical decision making in these circumstances represents a complex intellectual juggling act that is increasingly being recognized as a judgment task requiring unifying assumptions or an overall heuristic conceptual framework.


Aggressive Behavior Behavioral Assessment Social Skill Training Childhood Aggression Hostile Attribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian M. Evans
    • 1
  • Alice D. Scheuer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, University Center at BinghamtonState University of New YorkBinghamtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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