Aggression and Its Causes: A Biopsychosocial Approach

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byJohn W. Renfrew

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Aggression and Its Causes explores the causes and control of aggression from a broad scientific perspective, offering many recent findings on aggression and integrating several perspectives often viewed as incompatible. Its balanced approach combines biological, environmental, and socialcomponents to illustrate how these bases contribute to the problems of aggression. The biological section describes the possible contributions of genetic mechanisms, gender, and sexual hormones, including investigations of the premenstrual syndrome. There is also a discussion of the roles that brainmechanisms may play in aggressive behavior, as well as the problems with human brain dysfunction and drug use. The environmental section describes stimuli and environmental conditions that may produce aggression, and the effects of conditioning and learning. Finally, social psychological factors aredescribed, along with the media's effect on aggression. The author covers various applied areas of special contemporary concern, such as juvenile delinquency, sexual and physical abuse of children, spousal abuse, and rape, concluding with a final chapter that discusses various psychiatric disordersthat may involve aggression. Appropriate for upper-level undergraduates in psychology, sociology, social work, criminal justice, and education, and for professionals who encounter aggression, this text offers an excellent basis for understanding the causes of aggression and many ideas for how it maybe controlled.

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Aggression and Its Causes explores the causes and control of aggression from a broad scientific perspective, offering many recent findings on aggression and integrating several perspectives often viewed as incompatible. Its balanced approach combines biological, environmental, and socialcomponents to illustrate how these bases contribu...

John W. Renfrew is at Northern Michigan University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195082302

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I Biological Factors in Aggression2. Genetic, Sexual and Hormonal Factors3. Neural Bases4. Neuropsychology and Human Aggression5. Neurotransmitters and DrugsPart II Environmental and Social Factors in Aggression6. Eliciting Stimuli7. Conditioning and Learning8. Sociopsychological Factors9. Media InfluencesPart III Problems with Aggression in Specific Populations10. Delinquency in Minors11. Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children12. Wife Abuse and Rape of Women13. Violence in Psychiatric PopulationsPostscriptReferencesAuthor Index

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