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NCJ Number: 156292 Find in a Library
Title: Why Adults Strike Back: Learned Behavior or Genetic Code?
Journal: Reclaiming Children and Youth  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:11-15
Author(s): N J Long
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines reasons why adults respond aggressively to juvenile aggression and violence and advises that this is not an appropriate therapeutic reaction.
Abstract: One reason adults become "counteraggressive" is that they are reacting to being caught in the juvenile's conflict cycle, and a second reason is that it is a reaction to the violation of cherished values and beliefs. Counteraggression is also a reaction to being in a bad mood as well as to not meeting professional expectations. Counteraggression is a reaction to feelings of rejection and helplessness, and also a response to prejudging a problem juvenile in a crisis. The seventh reason is that it is a reaction to exposing the adult's unfinished psychological business. The author advises that adult counteraggressive behavior has no therapeutic purpose in helping relationships with troubled juveniles. Counteraggressive behavior destroys the effectiveness of staff intervention and succeeds only in reinforcing troubled juveniles' beliefs that all adults in their lives are rejecting and punitive. 1 reference
Main Term(s): Ungovernable juveniles
Index Term(s): Aggression; Psychological victimization effects; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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