Aggressive behavior in middle childhood The inner world of our children is the area that should be thoroughly studied as the childhood is the period, when much can be corrected. The aggressive behavior in middle childhood is one of the issues, which deserve special attention (Bandura, et al, 1961).There are three most common forms of aggressive behavior: physical violence that manifests itself as cruel treatment of other children and even adults, verbal hostility and nonverbal intimidation that is frequently met with children, who try to do some harm to a person they do not like on the quiet. One more important form that is met with children is passive aggression (Ferguson, 2010). These forms make children express their hidden protest by poor performance of the tasks or procrastination.The causes of aggressive behavior in middle childhood are usually hidden in family relations. Relations with parents are the most important for a child and if parents control children too thoroughly or on the contrary indulge them too much, this may lead to aggressive behavior of a child. Authority is one of the most important causes of aggressive behavior of children, who become irritated by the authority of their parents, especially when their parents are too strict. Lack of responsibility is another reason of aggression as many children prefer to avoid difficulties and ignore their obligations (Eagly amp. Steffen, 1986). Aggressive behavior in middle childhood is an issue that should be taken care of because any form of aggression can affect the development of a child’s personality negatively.ReferencesBandura, A.. Ross, D.. Ross, S.A. (1961). Transmission of aggression through imitation of aggressive models.The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology63(3): 575–582.Ferguson, Christopher J. (2010). Video Games and Youth Violence: A Prospective Analysis in Adolescents,Journal of Youth and Adolescence.Eagly amp. Steffen. (1986). Psychological Bulletin. Gender and Aggressive Behavior: A Meta-analytic Review of the Social Psychological Literature Volume 100, No 3. pp 323-325.
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