Aggression and Its Causes: A Biopsychosocial Approach

Aggression and Its Causes: A Biopsychosocial Approach

Aggression and Its Causes: A Biopsychosocial Approach

Aggression and Its Causes: A Biopsychosocial Approach

Synopsis

1. Introduction Part I Biological Factors in Aggression 2. Genetic, Sexual and Hormonal Factors 3. Neural Bases 4. Neuropsychology and Human Aggression 5. Neurotransmitters and Drugs Part II Environmental and Social Factors in Aggression 6. Eliciting Stimuli 7. Conditioning and Learning 8. Sociopsychological Factors 9. Media Influences Part III Problems with Aggression in Specific Populations 10. Delinquency in Minors 11. Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children 12. Wife Abuse and Rape of Women 13. Violence in Psychiatric Populations Postscript References Author Index

Excerpt

The impetus for writing this book was to satisfy a professional need. I have been teaching an undergraduate course on aggression for several years and have been frustrated in my search for a comprehensive, current textbook. Many texts are available, but they address a relatively limited area of the study of aggression and/or summarize work done only through the 1970s. Although some of them may be useful for an advanced, specialized audience, they are not satisfactory for my needs.

The present work is intended as an introduction to what has been learned about the causes and control of aggressive behaviors. It is written at a level that should be understandable to undergraduate students, but it also includes material that should be of interest to those working in applied areas who wish to further their understanding of the causes of aggression and increase their ability to control it. My undergraduate students come from various disciplines, primarily those of criminal justice, nursing, psychology, special education, and social work, as well as from a smattering of other fields. I also have lectured in Latin America on this topic. There, my audiences have included not only professionals from these fields but also many from other legal and medical specialties, such as lawyers, judges, psychiatrists, and pediatricians. Thus, my preliminary work on this book began in lectures to widely varied groups. This book is an attempt to clearly present what is known about aggressive behaviors without alienating the beginner or insulting the professional.

In my teaching efforts I have assumed that my students have no extensive knowledge of the materials, especially those dealing with more technical matters. Therefore, I have provided fundamental background information where necessary. I have . . .

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