Emotions, Aggression, and Morality in Children: Bridging Development and Psychopathology

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-01

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Why do some children's emerging affective tendencies and abilities make them more aggressive over time, while similar processes make most children less aggressive and more morally mature? Furthermore, what kinds of interventions are effective for altering these pathways? To answer these critical questions, this book takes a unique, integrative approach in two important ways. First, it integrates the psychopathology perspective with the developmental perspective, arguing that aggression and morality are two sides of the same basic developmental story. Second, it integrates research on cognitive processes with research on emotional processes. Drawing largely from social information processing and moral domain theories, the chapters demonstrate how early affective experiences and relationships provide a foundation for children's subsequent social cognitive understanding of victimization, harm, and moral intentionality. The book consists of three parts. Part I provides theoretical foundations, including the role of emotion in early conscience, empathic tendencies, and how principles of fairness and concern emerge from early parent-child and peer-peer interactions. Part II discusses factors influencing aggression and morality, from neuroscience to culture. Part III discusses implications for assessment and intervention. Bringing together a number of international scholars, this book will appeal to all researchers, clinicians, educators, and policy experts interested in understanding how emotions affect the development of children's morality and aggression.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: An Integrative Approach to Emotions, Aggression, and Moralityp. 3
Theoretical Foundationsp. 11
Emotion in Early Consciencep. 13
Taking Emotions Seriously: The Role of Emotions in Moral Developmentp. 33
Rage, Revenge, and Precious Pride: Emotions in Information Processing by Children With Aggressive Behavior Problemsp. 53
Integrating Emotion Attributions, Morality, and Aggression: Research and Theoretical Foundationsp. 75
From Neuroscience to Culture: Factors Influencing Aggression and Moralityp. 95
Empathy, Moral Development, and Aggression: A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspectivep. 97
Empathy-Related Responding and Moral Developmentp. 115
Callous-Unemotional Traits and Aggression in Youthp. 137
Emotions and Social Information Processing: Implications for Understanding Aggressive (and Nonaggressive) Childrenp. 157
The Development of Moral Emotions in a Cultural Contextp. 177
Assessment, Interventions, and Clinical Perspectivesp. 199
The Role of Anger in Children's Reactive Versus Proactive Aggression: Review of Findings, Issues of Measurement, and Implications for Interventionp. 201
The Etiology of Youth Violence: A Cognitive-Emotional Modelp. 219
The Coping Power Program for Anger and Aggression in Children: Targeting Arousal and Cognitionp. 239
Indexp. 259
About the Editorsp. 269
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