Aggression and Adaptive Functioning: The Bright Side to Bad Behavior

  title={Aggression and Adaptive Functioning: The Bright Side to Bad Behavior},
  author={P. Hawley and Patricia H Brian E Vaughn},
  journal={Merrill-Palmer Quarterly},
  pages={239 - 242}
The following four papers were presented in a symposium at the meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development (Minneapolis, 2001) entitled Aggression and Adaptive Functioning: The Bright Side to Bad Behavior. The title of the symposium hinted at what we believe to be a frequently underreported aspect of human behavior: That aggression in certain contexts may be associated with positive outcomes and desirable traits. Furthermore, at least some (and possibly many) aggressive… Expand
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The protective role of teacher preference for at-risk children's social status.
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