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You Did That on Purpose: Understanding and Changing Children's Aggression

Cynthia Hudley


Some children are prone to a particular kind of aggression when they are with their peers. For these children, any harm done to them—even something as inconsequential as a jostle in the lunch line—is perceived as intentional. Their style of social information processing, termed “hostile attributional bias,” increases the likelihood of retaliating with excessive and inappropriate physical aggression. In this book, parents and professionals who work with children will learn what can be done to better understand and control children's aggression. Beginning with a review of the literature, the aut ... More

Keywords: aggression, peers, children, social information processing, hostile attributional bias, BrainPower Program, aggressive behavior, peer-directed aggression, nonaggressive behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110852
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Hudley, author