An important developmental starting point in understanding violence is that physical aggression is essentially universal in infants (and equally so for males and females). Early trauma creates risk that this early aggression will coalesce into violent behavior in adolescence. The experience of abuse sets the child up for the kind of “risky thinking” that leads to chronic patterns of aggression, bad behavior, acting out and violating the rights of others that can lead to a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder. If no intervention occurs, this pattern of childhood Conduct Disorder becomes the entryway into adolescent delinquent and antisocial violent behavior. The more socially toxic (and traumatic) the environment in which childhood and adolescence occur, the more likely it is that childhood conduct disorder will translate into adolescent violence. Changing patterns of aggression in girls provide a useful insight into how and why these processes take place. This training will provide an analysis of these behaviors in girls and boys for their similarities and differences and discuss the implications for violence in adolescence. NOTE: This training was filmed in front of a live audience at an event organized by Specialized Training Services.
James Garbarino, PhD is Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago and holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology. Before arriving at Loyola, he was Cornell University’s Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and co-director of the Family Life Development Center. He served as President of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development and the American Psychological Association’s Division on Child, Youth and Family Services. Dr. Garbarino has served as a consultant to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dr. Garbarino has received numerous awards, including the first C. Henry Kempe Award from the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Spencer Fellow by the National Academy of Education, National Fellow by the Kellogg Foundation, and the President’s Celebrating Success Award from the National Association of School Psychologists.
This training is designed to help you:
- Identify four elements of “risky thinking” that link early trauma to Conduct Disorder in childhood
- Identify three elements of social toxicity that affect the prognosis for childhood Conduct Disorder
- Identify two risk factors affecting the impact of early trauma on subsequent aggression and violence
- Identify two protective factors affecting the impact of early trauma on subsequent aggression and violence