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Volume 1, Issue 1 (1972)

The Development of Aggression

pp. 32—36

Research concerning the development of aggression in children has identified three dimensions of experience which appear to correlate with the display of aggression: (1) frustration associated with punitive, restrictive, and rejecting experiences; (2) opportunity for imitative learning through observation; and (3) occasion for performance of acquired responses through association with supportive reinforcement contingencies or socio-cultural expectation and sanction. Moreover, while one or more elements may be instrumental at any given time, the union of these factors appears most critical in the determination of aggression.

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