Mechanisms in the cycle of violence.

  title={Mechanisms in the cycle of violence.},
  author={Kenneth A. Dodge and J Edward Bates and Gregory S. Pettit},
  volume={250 4988},
Two questions concerning the effect of physical abuse in early childhood on the child's development of aggressive behavior are the focus of this article. The first is whether abuse per se has deleterious effects. In earlier studies, in which samples were nonrepresentative and family ecological factors (such as poverty, marital violence, and family instability) and child biological variables (such as early health problems and temperament) were ignored, findings have been ambiguous. Results from… CONTINUE READING
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