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Factores de riesgo, factores protectores y generalización del comportamiento agresivo en una muestra de niños en edad escolar

Salud Mental 01/2002;
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ABSTRACT Aggressive behavior in childhood has become a socially relevant problem demanding special attention from researchers, as a sharp increase has been reported in the aggressive and antisocial behavior of children and adolescents. Especially disturbing is the high participation of underage individuals in crimes such as robbery, drug trafficking and homicide, while numerous studies have shown that aggressive behavior evolves into more severe antisocial behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood. Research studies conducted on childhood aggressiveness has shown that these behaviors tend to become habits across time, and furthermore to progress into more complex and serious behaviors such as delinquency. For example, a high correlation has been reported between childhood aggressive behavior and antisocial behavior in adolescence and early adulthood. In an effort to prevent and stop the evolution of childhood aggressive behavior, efforts have been made to identify and describe those factors associated with the emergence of these behaviors in the developmental stages that comprise childhood and adolescence. Some researchers have coined terms such as risk and protective factors, reporting that it is highly probable that an individual might develop problem behaviors as the number of risk factors increases and exceeds the number of protective factors...

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