Essay Writing-Violence and Aggression in Childhood

Violence and Aggression in Childhood

Essay Writing

As you have learned this week from the reading in Chapter 10 and viewing the video program, aggressive behavior in young children is often first learned in a child’s family. However, media, the Internet, peer groups, community, culture, and even biology may also be key influences on children who show aggression.



This Discussion will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about these influences by researching and reviewing at least three additional sources that focus on aggression in young children. Choose from among the resources listed in Required Resources, or find sources of your own on comparable topics.



As you read various articles, look for:




Current research on causes of aggression


Evidence of influences on aggression in children


Prevention strategies to recommend


Advocacy strategies to recommend


With these thoughts in mind:


By Day 3:




Post your response to the following:



Describe new information you learned about young children and aggression that you consider essential for early childhood professionals to know. Explain your reasoning, citing your sources.


Recommend an article/articles you read and/or explain why you would not recommend specific articles.


Share one way that early childhood professionals can act as advocates to help protect young children from influences that promote aggression. Cite your sources.



Resources to use:

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This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s media resources, please use the streaming media player below.

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Required Resources


Course Text: Marion, M. (2015). Guidance of young children (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Chapter 11, “Minimizing Challenging Behavior” (pp. 289-312)

Chapter 10, “Aggression and Bullying in Young Children” (pp. 266-288)



Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (2009). You can make a difference [Video file]. Retrieved from


Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 6 minutes


Dr. Marilyn Gootman discusses one of the ways caring adults can make a tremendous difference in children’s lives.


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Discussion Resources:

To prepare for the Discussion this week, you will need to read at least three sources of information on young children and aggression. All of the resources below are highly recommended. However, you may choose to read others that you find yourself.




Article: “Managing Aggressive Behavior in Young Children” by Carolyn R. Tomlin


Article: “Behavior Problems by the University of Michigan Health System” by the University of Michigan Health System

Family Influences


Article: “Preventing Violence by Teaching Non-Violent Problem-Solving” by the American Psychological Association


Child Mind Institute (2014). Managing Problem Behavior at Home. A guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting. Retrieved from:


Wbur’s Common Health Reform and Reality. (2013) Study: Yelling At Kids Comparable To Physical Punishment. Retrieved from:


Article: “Smoking During Pregnancy Fosters Aggression in Children” by e! Science News


Article: “Study: Verbal Aggression May Affect Children’s Behavior” by e! Science News

Media Influences


Article: “Exposure to Media Violence and Young Children with and Without Disabilities: Powerful Opportunities for Family-Professional Partnerships” by Elizabeth J. Erwin and Naomi Morton


Article: American Psychological Association. (2013). Violence in the Media — Psychologists Study Media Violance for Harmful Effects. Retrieved from:

Article: Heffner, Ch. (2003). The Psychological Effects of Violent Media on Children. Retrieved from:


Article: “Children, Adolescents, and Television” by the Committee on Public Education


Article: “Violence in the Media – Psychologists Help Protect Children from Harmful Effects” by the American Psychological Association


Testimony: “Violent Video Games Increase Aggression and Violence”


Testimony of Craig A. Anderson, PhD to the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “The Impact of Interactive Violence on Children”


Peer Influences


Article: “Starting Out Early: What Parents Need to Know About Peer Relationships” by Michel Boivin, PhD and Catherine Bissonnette, MA


Article: “Teasing and Bullying: No Laughing Matter” by Diana Townsend-Butterworth


Article: “Bullying in Kindergarten” by Francoise Alsaker

Societal Influences


Position Statement: “Violence in the Lives of Children” by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

Click to access PSVIOL98.PDF


Web Site: Center for the Study of Violence


Web Site: The Lion & Lamb Project

Optional Resources


Article: “Preventing Challenging Behavior In Young Children: Effective Practices” by Peter J. Alter and Maureen A. Conroy

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children


Article: “Challenging Behavior in Young Children” by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminsky

With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Content Review.


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