ARCHITECTURE OF HUMAN AGGRESSION

Extreme Aggression

Extreme Aggression (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Passive Me, Aggressive You

Passive Me, Aggressive You (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

perspective that is used to explain the familial resemblance for aggression is social learning theory (Bandura& Waiters, 1959). According to this theory, a child learns to behave aggressively by observing aggressive behavior; encoding these acts to memory, and incorporating aggressiveness into his or her code of (Bandura, 1986). Although peers and the media are contributors to a child’s behavior, it is the family environment that may have the greatest influence on the similarity found among family members. The family environment may also foster the development of aggression through such means as interactions among family members and parental disciplinary techniques. Through detailed observation of aggressive and nonaggressive families, Patterson (1982) has identified a particular coercive pattern that serves to
elicit, maintain, and increase aggression among family members.

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