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You Did That on PurposeUnderstanding and Changing Children's Aggression$
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Cynthia Hudley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110852

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110852.001.0001

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Understanding Intent

Understanding Intent

One Source of Childhood Aggression

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(p.22) Chapter 2 Understanding Intent
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You Did That on Purpose
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Cynthia Hudley

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110852.003.0002

This chapter describes how children's thinking about the world around them has been linked with an increased inclination to use aggressive behavior when interacting with other children. If a child is bumped hard from behind by a peer, predicting whether that child will turn around and throw a punch at a peer's head or look back to find out what is going on requires an understanding of how that child thinks about and interprets the behavior of other children. The chapter discusses attributions of intent; how bias works with memory; how memory and attributional bias support aggressive behavior; and a research-based program of behavior change.

Keywords:   childhood agression, aggressive behavior, intentional harm, attribution, intent, children, attributional bias, memory, behavior change

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