Aggression Being Learned At An Early Age Essay

1402 Words Nov 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Development of Aggression Most research found is based on aggression being learned at an early age. There are studies that state that there are specific pathways to aggression that begin in early childhood. There is research that suggest at least 8 pathways that contribute to the behavior but only 3 will be explained: individual factors, the impact to exposure of violence (aggressive acts), and parenting practices. These pathways of this behavior will explain the varying ways that children gain aggressive tendencies. According to Social Cognitive theory, individual factors pose to how aggressive individuals favor the behavior because they are in belief that they will receive some form of social, symbolic or tangible reward (Boldizar, Perry & Perry, 1989). A tangible reward would be the child using aversive behavior in order to obtain a toy (or any object that causes a dispute) from classmates or other children in general. Boldizar, Perry and Perry (1989) explains a study they found that describes how aggressive adolescents compared to their non aggressive counterparts, believe that when they act or show aggression towards someone that they are ultimately helping boost that person’s self- esteem. Exposure of aggressive acts comes in the form of either viewing the behavior in reality (in the home, classroom, etc..) and within the media. Both factors contribute to the development and enhances aggression. The exposure of violence yields many short- term and long-term…

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