The development of aggressive behaviour during childhood: What have we learned in the past century?

  title={The development of aggressive behaviour during childhood: What have we learned in the past century?},
  author={R. Tremblay},
  journal={International Journal of Behavioral Development},
  pages={129 - 141}
  • R. Tremblay
  • Published 2000
  • Psychology
  • International Journal of Behavioral Development
Research on human aggression has been a flourishing industry in the 20th century. As the attention shifted from an instinctual paradigm to a drive paradigm and a social learning paradigm, what have we learned on the development of aggressive behaviour during childhood? Are children born with an aggressive instinct or do they have to learn to aggress?This question has deep philosophical roots, but it also has important practical implications. Should interventions prevent children from learning… Expand
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