The early aggression curve: Development of physical aggression in 10- to 50-month old children

L.R.A. Alink, J. Mesman, J. van Zeijl, M.N. Stolk, F. Juffer, H.M. Koot, M.J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.H. van IJzendoorn

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This study examines the prevalence, stability, and development of physical aggression, as reported by mothers and fathers, in a sample of children initially recruited at 12, 24, and 36 months (N = 2,253) and in a subsample followed up 1 year later (n = 271) in a cross-sequential design. Physical aggression occurred in 12-month-olds, but significantly more often in 24- and 36-month-olds. The rates of physically aggressive behaviors increased in the 2nd year of life, and declined from the 3rd birthday onward. Stabilities were moderate for 12-month-olds and high for 24- and 36-month-olds. At the ages of 24 and 36 months, boys were more aggressive than girls. The results confirm and extend R.E. Tremblay's (2004) hypothesis about the early development of physical aggression. © 2006 by the Society for Research in Child Development, Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-966
Number of pages13
JournalChild Development
Volume77
Issue number4
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Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Alink, L. R. A., Mesman, J., van Zeijl, J., Stolk, M. N., Juffer, F., Koot, H. M., ... van IJzendoorn, M. H. (2006). The early aggression curve: Development of physical aggression in 10- to 50-month old children. Child Development, 77(4), 954-966. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2006.00912.x
Alink, L.R.A. ; Mesman, J. ; van Zeijl, J. ; Stolk, M.N. ; Juffer, F. ; Koot, H.M. ; Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J. ; van IJzendoorn, M.H. / The early aggression curve: Development of physical aggression in 10- to 50-month old children. In: Child Development. 2006 ; Vol. 77, No. 4. pp. 954-966.
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