Intellectual Functioning and Aggression

L. Rowell Huesmann, Leonard D. Eron, Patty Warnick Yarmel

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Abstract

In a 22-year study, data were collected on aggressiveness and intellectual functioning in more than 600 subjects, their parents, and their children. Both aggression and intellectual functioning are reasonably stable in a subject's lifetime and perpetuate themselves across generations and within marriage pairs. Aggression in childhood was shown to interfere with the development of intellectual functioning and to be predictive of poorer intellectual achievement as an adult. Early IQ was related to early subject aggression but did not predict changes in aggression after age 8. On the other hand, differences between early IQ and intellectual achievement in middle adulthood were predictable from early aggressive behavior. A dual-process model was offered to explain the relation between intellectual functioning and aggressive behavior. We hypothesized that low intelligence makes the learning of aggressive responses more likely at an early age, and this aggressive behavior makes continued intellectual development more difficult.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages232-240
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume52
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Intellectual Functioning and Aggression. / Huesmann, L. Rowell; Eron, Leonard D.; Yarmel, Patty Warnick.

In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.1987, p. 232-240.

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Huesmann, L. Rowell ; Eron, Leonard D. ; Yarmel, Patty Warnick. / Intellectual Functioning and Aggression. In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 1987 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 232-240
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