has documented that:
(1) relational aggression and victimization are
prospectively associated during early childhood,
(2) forms (relational and physical) and functions
(proactive and reactive) of aggression may be reliably observed in young
(3) and forms and functions of aggression are stable and
uniquely associated with social-psychological adjustment outcomes in
various developmental periods.
We have been working on developing school-based observational methods
(as well as developmentally appropriate child interviews) for the study of relational and physical aggression during early
We have advanced theory in the development of aggression
and gender in early and middle childhood and we have helped to
empirically identify the mechanisms (e.g., peer rejection) by which
aggression and victimization are linked in both early and middle
Related research projects have also included the study of
deception, social dominance, hostile attribution biases, prosocial behavior, friendship development, and play behavior.
In collaboration with UB colleagues and school partners
we have begun to develop a preventive intervention for aggressive
behavior and social competence in early childhood classrooms.
colleagues at UB's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) we have
conducted research on aggression, impulsivity and brain functioning in
information about the findings from our research, please visit the
publications link. At this link, you can download articles of
recent publications as well as selected conference presentations. For
more information about ongoing or upcoming research projects, please
visit the lab projects section of our site.
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