Aggression and Adaptation: The Bright Side to Bad Behavior

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Aggression and Adaptation raises thought provoking questions about interpersonal functioning within social groups. The reader may find him/herself entertaining thoughts about the nature of goodness as the chapters suggest that aggressive behavior can offer significant avenues for personal growth, goal attainment, and bolstering one's social standing. The volume brings to tight alternative points of view to the prevailing orthodoxy that aggression equals pathology. Interdisciplinary in nature, the book features evolutionary, school, feminist, historical, and methodological perspectives. Adaptation is addressed at multiple levels, the first of which is ultimate causation. Four chapters cover the aggression-adaptation link from various evolutionary perspectives. Succeeding chapters focus on: adaptation as psychological adjustment; aggression in the peer system and the contexts in which these systems occur; and the self-other dialectic in societal context, highlighting that aggressive children are often well-embedded in the social network. Intended for researchers in developmental, evolutionary, social, personality and educational psychology, as well as developmental psychopathologists, this book is also suitable for advanced courses on social-personality development, the psychology of violence, aggression, peer relationships, and human motivation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805852455
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Preface     xiii
Social Dominance in Childhood and Adolescence: Why Social Competence and Aggression May Go Hand in Hand   Patricia H. Hawley     1
An Evolutionary/Ecological Account of Aggressive Behavior and Trait Aggression in Human Children and Adolescents   Brian E. Vaughn   Antonio Jose Santos     31
Why Has Aggression Been Thought of as Maladaptive?   Peter K. Smith     65
Is Aggression Adaptative? Yes: Some Kinds Are and in Some Ways   Anthony D. Pellegrini     85
Differential Relations of Instrumental and Reactive Aggression With Maladjustment: Does Adaptivity Depend on Function?   Noel A. Card   Todd D. Little     107
Variations In the Association Between Aggression and Social Status: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives   Antonius H. N. Cillessen   Lara Mayeux     135
Praising Cordelia: Social Aggression and Social Dominance Among Adolescent Girls   Lorrie K. Sippola   Jaime Paget   Carie M. Buchanan     157
Self, Other, and Aggression: The Never-Ending Search for the Roots of Adaptation   William M. Bukowski   Maurissa Abecassis     185
Social Synchrony, Peer Networks, and Aggression in School   Thomas W. Farmer   Hongling Xie   Beverley D. Cairns   Bryan C. Hutchins     209
Aggression and Adaptation: Psychological Record, Educational Promise   Philip C. Rodkin   Travis Wilson     235
Author Index     269
Subject Index     283
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