Complexity in the causal pathways of aggression in children

A rationale for treatment
  • Tammy L. Hughes


There is general agreement that causal pathways of aggression comprise dynamic, interacting individual and contextual factors resulting in aggressive phenotypes. In children, identification of individual and contextual predictors of aggression is complicated by rapidly changing social, cognitive, and emotional developmental processes. Thus, a coherent classification system for organizing causes of aggressive behaviour for children remains elusive; hindering efforts to prevent and treat aggression in a prescriptive, research-based manner.


Aggressive Behaviour Causal Pathway Violent Offender Contextual Predictor Mental Disorder8 
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  • Tammy L. Hughes
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  1. 1.School of EducationDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

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