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ERIC Number: EJ995625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Having to Fight
Crowther, Simon; Goodson, Christina; McGuire, James; Dickson, Joanne M.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v28 n1 p62-79 Jan 2013
Existing research that attempts to understand aggressive behavior often focuses on adults and/or individual traits. The present study used a Grounded Theory approach to develop a theoretical framework of how younger adolescents constructed an understanding of their own aggressive behavior within the social context of their lives. The participants were 11 adolescents (aged 12-16) who had previously been involved in incidents of aggression at a school for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The identified theoretical framework outlined that aggressive behavior was fundamental to an identity of toughness that participants sought to portray to others. This identity emerged in a hostile peer environment to prevent victimization and establish friendships. The findings are discussed in relation to their clinical implications, limitations, and possibilities for further research. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)