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Aggressive Behavior in Adults

A lesson in behavioral psychology, namely aggressive behavior in adults.

The psychological behavior in adults has been studied very carefully and this study includes a wide range of topics. The change in behavior is noticed as soon as a child steps into the teenage age. These changes are greatly related with the hormonal as well as the psychological changes in the body and mind. Adult psychological behavior is greatly affected by the external environment as well. If an adult is living in a positive environment he will depict a positive nature and attitude and similarly vice versa. In today’s world it has been seen a great change in the adult psychological behavior. Nowadays the tendency of being an independent individual at the early adult days and not obeying the specific norms of a specific society has produced a negative impression on the psychology of an adult. One of the main features of this negative behavior can be highlighted in the phrase of Aggression and Delinquency in Adolescence.

Although most people decline in teacher and peer reported aggression in adolescence the teenage years are accompanied by a rise in delinquent acts. Although North American youth crime rate has decline over the past decade, young people of 18 continue to account for a large proportion of police arrests. About 17 percent in United States and 23 percent in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2003 a; US department of Justice 2004). The Aggression and delinquent behavior in adult hood shows the aspects of stealing, violating curfews, verbal abuse, physical abuse, rudeness and harsh talk with parents and friends.

Both Police reports and self reports show that aggression and delinquency rises in the middle adolescence and then declines into emerging adult hood. The question arises that what accounts for this type of psychological behavior?? Among young teenagers, antisocial behavior increases as a result of the desire for peer approval. Over time peers become less influential, moral reasoning improves and young people enter social contexts (such as marriage, work, and career) that are less conductive to law breaking. For most adolescents, a brush with the law does not forecast long term anti social behavior. But repeated arrests are cause for concern. Teenagers are responsible for 16 percent of violent crimes in the United States and for 8 percent in Canada. (Statistics Canada, 2003 a; US department of Justice 2004).

In adolescence the Gender Gap in physical aggression behavior widens. Depending on the estimate, about three to eight times as many boys as girls commit major crimes. Compared to a decade ago, girls account for a larger proportion of adolescent violence about 18 percent. Girls offenses are however largely limited to simple assault, the least serious category, encompassing such behaviors as pushing or spitting. Violent crimes continue to be overwhelmingly the domain of boys. (National Center for Juvenile Justice, 2004; Sprott and Doob , 2003 ).

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