Aggression in Children and Youth

Volume 17 of the series NATO ASI Series pp 44-72

The Measurement of Human Aggression

  • Robert M. KaplanAffiliated withUniversity of California, San Diego and San Diego State University

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Most social psychology textbooks include a chapter on aggression. The chapters typically begin with a discussion of the increase in the number of violent crimes and then proceed to present psychological research which purportedly explains human aggression. In this chapter I will examine the measures used in this research and comment on the relevance of these approaches to the understanding of the serious violent crime wave which has caused concern in most western countries. The crux of this issue is the definition and measurement of aggression.