Chapter 8. Theoretical Explanations of Aggression and Violence

  1. Theresa A. Gannon DPhil, CPsychol Lecturer lead investigator3,
  2. Tony Ward PhD, DipClinPsyc Director4,
  3. Anthony R. Beech PhD, CPsychol professor Fellow5 and
  4. Dawn Fisher PhD Head Senior Research Fellow6,7
  1. Marc A. Sestir PhD1 and
  2. Bruce D. Bartholow Assistant Professor2

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746295.ch8

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice

How to Cite

Sestir, M. A. and Bartholow, B. D. (2009) Theoretical Explanations of Aggression and Violence, in Aggressive Offenders' Cognition: Theory, Research, and Practice (eds T. A. Gannon, T. Ward, A. R. Beech and D. Fisher), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746295.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychology, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6001, New Zealand

  3. 5

    School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

  4. 6

    Llanarth Court Hospital, Raglan, Wales, NP15 2YD, UK

  5. 7

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC27599, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 14 NOV 2007

Book Series:

  1. Forensic Clinical Psychology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin8 and
  2. Mary McMurran9

Series Editor Information

  1. 8

    Henry Wellcome Building, School of Psychology, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK

  2. 9

    School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, Duncan Macmillan House, Porchester Road, Nottingham, NG3 6AA, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470034026

Online ISBN: 9780470746295

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Keywords:

  • violent offenders;
  • theoretical explanations of aggression and violence;
  • recent theory and research examining how human aggression occurs;
  • aggression, instinctual in nature - largely mediated by cognition;
  • current theoretical conceptualisations;
  • social-cognitive information-processing model;
  • cultivation theory - media violence exposure as cause of subset of aggressive behaviour;
  • executive cognitive functioning;
  • Cognitive Neoassociationist Aggression Model (CNA);
  • social cognitive theory - expansion of initial tenets of social learning theory

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Early Theoretical Conceptualisations

  • Current Theoretical Conceptualisations

  • Conclusions and Future Research

  • References