alexa The early childhood aggression curve: development of physical aggression in 10- to 50-month-old children.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Forensic Psychology

Author(s): Alink LR, Stolk MN, Mesman J, van Zeijl J, Juffer F

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This study examines the prevalence, stability, and development of physical aggression, as reported by mothers and fathers, in a sample of children initially recruited at 12, 24, and 36 months (N=2,253) and in a subsample followed up 1 year later (n=271) in a cross-sequential design. Physical aggression occurred in 12-month-olds, but significantly more often in 24- and 36-month-olds. The rates of physically aggressive behaviors increased in the 2nd year of life, and declined from the 3rd birthday onward. Stabilities were moderate for 12-month-olds and high for 24- and 36-month-olds. At the ages of 24 and 36 months, boys were more aggressive than girls. The results confirm and extend R.E. Tremblay's (2004) hypothesis about the early development of physical aggression.

This article was published in Child Dev and referenced in Journal of Forensic Psychology

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