The Development and Treatment of Childhood Aggression

The Development and Treatment of Childhood Aggression

The Development and Treatment of Childhood Aggression

The Development and Treatment of Childhood Aggression

Synopsis

Comprised of papers and commentaries from the Earlscourt Symposium on Childhood Aggression held in Toronto, Canada, this volume reflects the Earlscourt Child and Family Centre's commitment to linking clinical practice to identifiable research-based interventions which are known to be effective in the prevention and treatment of antisocial behavior in children.

The education of human services professionals has typically failed to train individuals to work with specific client populations, providing a generalist approach grounded in theoretical assumptions and professional values rather than research and empirical studies. This compelling book serves to fill this gap in professional education in the area of childhood aggression. Representing substantial accomplishments in the advancement of an understanding of the plight of aggressive children and how best to ameliorate their often unpredictable and painful situations, this text allows for cautious optimism that empirical research can have practical consequences for aggressive children and their prospects for a better life. As such, it is a truly important information resource for professionals in the fields of developmental psychology and counseling.

Excerpt

Kenneth Goldberg, M.S.W. Earlscourt Child and Family Centre

This book is a collection of papers and commentaries from the Earlscourt Symposium on Childhood Aggression held in Toronto, Canada in June, 1988 as part of the Earlscourt Child and Family Centre's celebration of its 75th anniversary. The Symposium reflected Earlscourt's commitment to link clinical practice to identifiable, research-based interventions that are known in the social sciences to be effective in the prevention and treatment of antisocial behavior in children. The education of human services professionals has typically failed to train them to work with specific client populations, opting instead to provide a generalist approach more typically grounded in theoretical assumptions and professional values than research and empirical studies. The symposium and this important book serve to fill this gap in professional education in the area of childhood aggression.

The problem of childhood aggression plagues those who wish to see an easing of the suffering that these children incur and inflict on others. The task of researchers and practitioners in this field has societal implications and considerable urgency. On a case-by-case basis, we will never reach all the children who might benefit from help, and without a scientific base to practice, we will never insure that those who do receive help receive effective treatments. Earlscourt is proud to mark its 75th anniversary by contributing to the dissemination of knowledge in this field and the advancement of a scientific approach to practice.

Childhood aggression must be understood multifactorially. Although there is no simple solution or cure-all to be applied to the problem of childhood aggression, the articles and commentaries gathered here rep-

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