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NCJ Number: 113778 Find in a Library
Title: Aggression and Crimes of Violence, Second Edition
Author(s): J H Goldstein
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 230
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press, Inc
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Publication Number: ISBN 0-19-503943-2
Sale Source: Oxford University Press, Inc
1600 Pollitt Drive
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text examines the literature on aggression and violent crime, drawing on the disciplines of anthropology, criminology, education, law, medicine, psychology, political science, psychiatry, and sociology.
Abstract: The definition and nature of human aggression are considered, and cultural, individual, and situational factors facilitating aggression are discussed. Factors influencing the development and maintenance of an individual's chronic level of aggressiveness are discussed, including the learning of aggression and aggression-related norms from parents, peers, and other models and the more impersonal models portrayed by the mass media. Next, situational factors associated with the learning and support of aggression are discussed. These include cultural factors such as the availability of weapons or exposure to unpunished aggressive models, individual variables such as emotional arousal or drug or alcohol use, and environmental factors that encourage or restrain aggression and violent criminal acts. The ways in which characteristics of the actor, consequences of the behavior, and environmental factors may be associated with aggression or nonaggression are delineated. Implications for reducing and controlling aggression are suggested, including the deterrent effects of the criminal justice system. Finally, strategies for the elimination of violence are delineated. Name and subject indexes and approximately 420 references.
Main Term(s): Violence causes
Index Term(s): Violent crimes; Violent-nonviolent behavior comparisons
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