Transmission Of Aggression Through Imitation Of Aggressive Models

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Journal Article Summary The journal article, Transmission of Aggression Through Imitation of Aggressive Models, focused on how and when children were exposed to aggressive and non-aggressive adult models. The children were tested for how much the children imitated the model in a new environment where the model was not present. The main theory of this study was that the children had learned imitative behaviors due to the result of reinforcement that took place earlier. When the children observed aggressive and nonaggressive models, the children’s behavior was affected. The participants in this study consisted of 36 boys and 36 girls that attended the Stanford University Nursery School. The children’s ages ranged from 37 months to 69 months. There were a male adult and a female adult that participated as the models. There was also one female experimenter that oversaw all 72 children in the study. The children in the study were divided up into eight experimental groups consisting of six children in each group. There was also a control group containing 24 children. In the experimental group, half of the children were exposed to aggressive models, while the other half were exposed to nonaggressive models. As the study continued, the groups of children were divided into male and female groups. Again, half of the children were exposed to aggressive and nonaggressive same-sex models. The group that remained, had a model of the opposite sex. This part of the study focused on…

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