Aggression: Reactive and Proactive

Aggressive behavior can be a particularly impairing and problematic component of disruptive behavior presentations, which account for a significant portion of clinical referrals. Developing effective interventions, however, is complex because of the diverse array and heterogeneity in presentation of aggressive behaviors. For example, the treatment plan for an individual who lashes out violently when teased would differ from the treatment plan for an individual who plots ways to use physical force to obtain money or manipulate others into engaging in aggression. Because of differences in the form and function of aggressive behaviors, considering aggression collectively likely masks individual variability and subtypes of aggressive behavior that might have distinct correlates, courses, outcomes, and responses to intervention. One distinction that has received empirical support is between ...

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