Aggression Reduction Strategies: Effective and Ineffective

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Abstract

A small number of over-arching intervention strategies appear to have significantly influenced the development and implementation of a very large number of specific approaches to dealing with school violence in U.S. schools today. These strategies—punishment, catharsis, and cohabitation—are reviewed, and the several bases for their ineffectiveness are described. In contrast, a series of substantially more effective perspectives on youth violence intervention are proposed—complexity, prescriptiveness, situationality, and aggression-as-learned-behavior—each of which has marked potential for yielding effective intervention outcomes.

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