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    Pathways to Aggression in Children and Adolescents

    Malcolm Watson, Kurt Fischer, Jasmina Burdzovic Andreas, and Kevin Smith
    In this article, Malcolm Watson, Kurt Fischer, Jasmina Burdzovic Andreas, and Kevin Smith describe and compare two approaches to assessing risk factors that lead to aggression in children. The first, the severe risks approach, focuses on how risk factors form a pathway that leads to aggressive behavior. Within this approach, an inhibited victim-aggressor pattern is hypothesized in which children who share certain characteristics — including high-conflict, low-cohesive families, high levels of harsh parental discipline, high levels of victimization by peers, and high behavioral inhibition — are at risk for developing defensive, reactive aggressive behaviors. The second, the cumulative effects approach, focuses on the accumulated effects of multiple risk factors in leading to aggressive behavior, irrespective of the particular risk factors involved. The authors assess both patterns longitudinally in a community-based sample that includes children from middle childhood to adolescence. They find strong evidence for both pathways. (pp. 404–430)

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    Winter 2004 Issue

    Abstracts

    Citizenship for All in the Literate Community
    An Ethnography of Young Children with Significant Disabilities in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings
    Christopher Kliewer, Linda Fitzgerald, Jodi Meyer-Mork, Patresa Hartman, Pat English-Sand, and Donna Raschke
    Pathways to Aggression in Children and Adolescents
    Malcolm Watson, Kurt Fischer, Jasmina Burdzovic Andreas, and Kevin Smith
    Book Review of Annette Lareau's Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
    Susan Auerbach
    Editor's Review of John U. Ogbu's Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement
    Dorinda J. Carter

    Book Notes

    Why Is It So Hard to Get Good Schools?
    By Larry Cuban

    Losing My Faculties
    By Brendan Halpin

    Teaching with Fire
    Edited by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner

    Troubling Education
    By Kevin Kumashiro

    The Promotion of Social Awareness
    By Robert Selman

    Affirming Diversity
    By Sonia Nieto

    City Schools and the American Dream
    By Pedro Noguera

    Adolescent Lives in Transition
    By Donna Marie San Antonio