how can aggression be reduced?

Essay by rahmo94University, Bachelor's November 2014

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How can aggression be reduced? Critically discuss in relation to theories of aggression


In this social psychology essay I will be breaching the subject of 'can aggression be reduced?' However instead of simply relating this to all forms of aggression, my main focus will be solely on childhood aggression.

This is a particularly important question, not only within the psychological community but also within everyday life. If it is possible to tackle the stem of the problem within children then it is likely not to get out hand as they grow up to be functional members of society. Initially we must first define what people think and categorise as 'Aggression'. Aggression is "a response that delivers a noxious stimuli to another organism" (Buss 1961, P28)

Paragraph 1: Modelling

The afore mentioned definition is simply one of many, however, it is the most applicable definition in relation to childhood aggression. Other definitions explain it is only aggressive if there was a malicious intent, a subject which is debatable in small children as how to you measure or identify if a small child had malicious intentions.

A possible explanation of childhood aggression could be through the process of modelling, a process that holds it's focus in social psychology and explains that when we see our role models or simply people who we look up to slightly act in a certain way we will imitate that behaviour in order to be more like them.

This theory has experiments that could be linked with an example of this is the Bandura, Ross and Ross (1961) experiment the Bobo doll experiment.

This experiment was conducted in order to establish if children witnessed aggression by an adult they would imitate this aggressive behaviour when given the opportunity. The experiment it's...