Conceptual Foundations for Understanding Youth Engaged in Antisocial and Aggressive Behaviors
In eff orts to address violence that occurs at school, it is important to consider the conceptual foundations informing our understanding of youth who engage in antisocial and aggressive behaviors. Careful consideration of the developmental trajectories, characteristics, and contexts associated with antisocial behaviors reveals that there is no single profi le associated with aggressive behavior. This chapter emphasizes developmental, contextual, and mental health factors that inform our understanding of youth who engage in antisocial and aggressive behaviors, with an emphasis on research-derived models describing how antisocial and aggressive behaviors emerge from the developmental process. A central tenet of this chapter is that youth engaged in antisocial and aggressive behaviors have many needs that community and school-based professionals may address. A summary table highlights practical implications derived from the conceptual and theoretical literature.