Constructive and Destructive Behavior: Implications for Family, School, and Society

Pages: 420
Item #: 431764A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-740-2
List Price: $49.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Publication Date: 2001
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

How does certain behavior develop? If it is constructive and prosocial, how can it be promoted? Conversely, how can destructive and antisocial behavior be controlled? Constructive and Destructive Behavior: Implications for Family, School, and Society, fuses the work of leading scholars in educational, developmental, clinical, social, and personality psychology to explore these complex and essential questions in our current social climate.

This highly sophisticated collection of empirically grounded chapters explores theory and experimental findings on the gamut of what influences prosocial and antisocial expression, finally laying to rest the simplistic debates about whether media violence causes real violence or whether catharsis is good. Scientists and practitioners will gain fresh perspectives on the context within which these behaviors thrive: how empathy develops, how self-control in childhood predicts adult behavior, how age and sex influence bullying, whether early intervention can prevent delinquency, and how school success lays the groundwork for constructive lives.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


I. Theory

  1. Aggression and Attachment: The Folly of Separatism
    —Robert B. Cairns and Beverley D. Cairns
  2. Seeing is Believing: How Viewing Violence Alters Attitudes and Aggressive Behavior
    —L. D. Eron
  3. Toward a Comprehensive Empathy-Based Theory of Prosocial Moral Development
    —Martin L. Hoffman
  4. Institutionalized Aggression: Cultural and Individual Factors That Support War
    —Robert A. Hinde

II. Empirical Findings

  1. Prosocial Development in Context
    —Paul Mussen
  2. Constructive and Destructive Aspects of Shame and Guilt
    —June Price Tangeny
  3. Self-Reported Empathy in Norwegian Adolescents: Sex Differences, Age Trends, and Relationships to Bullying
    —Inger M. Endresen and Dan Olweus
  4. Reveller or Striver? How Childhood Self-Control Predicts Adult Social Behavior
    —Lea Pulkkinen
  5. Prosocial Behavior and Aggression in Childhood and Pre-Adolescence
    —Caprara Gian Vittorio, Barbaranelli Claudio, and Pastorelli Concetta
  6. Designing a Method to Assess Empathy in Italian Children
    —Paolo Albiero and Alida Lo Coco

III. Prevention and Intervention

  1. Can Early Childhood Intervention Prevent Delinquency? A Real Possibility
    —Edward Zigler
  2. Cognitive Processes and the Development of Aggression
    —L. Rowell Huesmann
  3. How to Think, Not What to Think: A Problem-Solving Approach to Prevention of Early High-Risk Behaviors
    —Myrna B. Shure
  4. Pathways to Constructive Lives: The Importance of Early School Success
    —Deborah J. Stipek
  5. Catharsis as a Constructive Expression of Destructive Affect: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives
    —Jonathan and Sally Bloom-Feshbach
  6. How Can Expression In Psychotherapy Be Constructive?
    —Arthur C. Bohurt

IV. What Have We Learned?

  1. What Have We Learned?
    —Arthur C. Bohart and Deborah J. Stipek

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors