ERIC Number: EJ778753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
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Children's Essentialist Beliefs about Aggression
Giles, Jessica W.
Developmental Review, v23 n4 p413-443 Dec 2003
The present paper reviews children's tendency to engage in essentialist reasoning about aggression. First, children's tendency to conceive of aggression as both stable over time and due to intrinsic factors is examined. Then, contextual and social factors that may promote essentialist reasoning about aggression are explored, followed by a consideration of the motivational and social implications of such reasoning. Finally, several directions for future research are proposed, including a deeper understanding of the development of essentialist beliefs about aggression in children's real-world contexts.
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Concept Formation, Beliefs, Aggression, Motivation, Social Influences, Social Cognition, Cognitive Processes
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