1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Human Aggression Current Issues and Perspectives

Edited By Jane Ireland, Philip Birch, Carol Ireland Copyright 2018
    460 Pages
    by Routledge

    460 Pages
    by Routledge

    Drawing upon international expertise, and including some of the most well-known academics and practitioners in the field, The Routledge International Handbook of Human Aggression is the first reference work to fully capture how our understanding of aggression has been refined and reconceptualised in recent years.

    Divided into five sections, the handbook covers some of the most interesting and timely topics within human aggression research, with analysis of both indirect and direct forms of aggression, and including chapters on sexual aggression, workplace bullying, animal abuse, gang violence and female aggression. It recognises that, in many cases, aggression is an adaptive choice rather than a moral choice.

    Providing practitioners and academics with an up-to-date resource that covers broad areas of interest and application, the book will be essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners associated with a range of social science disciplines, including psychology, criminology, social work and sociology, particularly those with an interest in developmental, organisational, forensic and criminal justice allied disciplines.

    Preface: Human Aggression: How far have we come? Jane L. Ireland, Philip Birch, Carol A Ireland

    Section I: Understanding general aggression

    Chapter 1. The development of aggression in childhood and adolescence: A focus on relationships. Debra Pepler

    Chapter 2. Sex differences in aggression. Kaj Björkqvist, Karin Österman

    Chapter 3. Hegemonic masculinity and aggression. Ruschelle M. Leone, Dominic J. Parrott

    Chapter 4. The biology of human aggression. Tracy A. Bedrosian, Randy J. Nelson

    Chapter 5. Aggression motivation and inhibition: theoretical underpinnings and a new model. Ioan Ohlsson

    Chapter 6. Homicide adaptations. Joshua Duntley, David M. Buss

    Chapter 7. Human aggression from a cross-cultural perspective. Douglas P. Fry

    Chapter 8. Treatment intervention for aggression: Promoting individual change. Jane L. Ireland, Syeda Batool

    Section II: Bullying across contexts

    Chapter 9. Integrating multi-disciplinary social science theories and perspectives to understand school bullying and victimisation. Jun Sung Hong, Dorothy L. Espelage, Simon C. Hunter, Paula Allen-Meares

    Chapter 10. Aggression in the workplace. Al-Karim Samnani

    Chapter 11. Cyberbullying. Robin Kowalski

    Chapter 12. Alterophobic bullying and violence. Stephen James Minton

    Section III: Relationships and family aggression

    Chapter13. Violence to partners: gender symmetry revisited. John Archer

    Chapter 14. Stalking and harassment. David V. James, Rachel D. MacKenzie

    Chapter 15. Animal maltreatment in households experiencing family violence.

    Shelby Elaine McDonald

    Chapter 16. Treating stalking behaviour: A framework for understanding process components. Philip Birch, Jane L. Ireland, Niki Ninaus

    Chapter 17. Using the research evidence to inform the assessment and treatment of intimate partner aggression. Louise Dixon, Devon L. L. Polaschek

    Chapter 18. Attitudes towards ‘honor’ violence and killings in collectivist cultures: Gender differences in Middle Eastern, North African, South Asian (MENASA) and Turkish populations. Roxanne Khan

    Chapter 19. Towards evidence-based treatment of partner violence in LGBT relationships. Erica Bowen

    Chapter 20. Raising awareness, improving victim safety: Exploring the efficacy of proactive domestic and family violence prevention measures. Philip Birch, Irena Veljanova

    Section IV: Sexual aggression

    Chapter 21. The development of sexual aggression: A tripartite model and a life span perspective. Howard E. Barbaree, Lynn O. Lightfoot, Robert A. Prentky

    Chapter 22. Examining harmful sexual behaviour in male children: Considering the implications for practice. Carol A. Ireland

    Chapter 23. Females who sexually offend: Theory, research, and treatment. Emily Blake, Theresa A. Gannon

    Chapter 24. Assessment of sexual violence. Jan Looman, Jeffrey Abracen

    Chapter 25. Thinking outside of the box: advancements in theory, practice & evaluation in sexual offending interventions. Kerensa Hocken, Neil Gredecki

    Section V: Contemporary and emerging issues

    Chapter 26. The impact of violent media on aggression. Barbara Krahé

    Chapter 27. Homophobic and Non Homophobic Aggression: Examining its portrayal in print media. Philip Birch, Rebecca Ozanne, Jane L. Ireland

    Chapter 28. Narrowing the scope of psychopathy in explanations of offending: Towards an understanding of persistent violence. Evan C. McCuish, Raymond R. Corrado, Jennifer Yang

    Chapter 29. Victims of violent crime: the emerging field of victimology. B. Roebuck, L.A. Stewart

    Chapter 30. Psychosocial determinants of violence and trauma-informed implications for treatment. Deborah Horowitz, Margaret Guyer, Kathy Sanders

    Chapter 31. Jihadi-Salafi terrorism and violent extremism in the era of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Greg Barton

    Chapter 32. Drive-bys in Chiraq or ethnic genocide in Iraq: Can violent street gangs inform our comprehension of the Islamic State? Matthew Valasik, Matthew D. Phillips

    Chapter 33. Gang violence and social media. Keir Irwin-Rogers, James Densley, Craig Pinkney

    Chapter 34. Group process and gang delinquency intervention: Gang activity regulation and the group nature of gang violence. Matthew Valasik, Shannon E. Reid, Jenny S. West, Jason Gravel


    Jane L. Ireland is a Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. Professor Ireland holds a professorial chair at the University of Central Lancashire and is Violence Treatment Lead within High Secure Services, Ashworth Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust. She is elected academy fellow of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). She holds three further (visiting/honorary) professorships at Åbo Akademi University in Finland, Charles Sturt University, Australia and Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has over 150 publications in forensic psychology, the majority of which fall within the area of aggression.

    Philip Birch, BSocSci.(Hons); PG Cert (HEP); PG Cert. (SSRM); PG Dip (SocSci); MSc; PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has previously held posts at the University of Western Sydney, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and the University of Huddersfield, in the UK. Prior to entering academia, Philip worked as a criminologist in the field, holding posts in the UK prison service as well as in the crime and disorder field, which involved managing a specialist crime unit. Philip has published internationally, including books, book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and government reports in his main areas of research – offender management and rehabilitation; police, prisons and probation practices; gender symmetry violence with a particular focus on domestic family violence and sex work. He has secured over $790,000 in research grants, which have addressed a variety of themes within his areas of expertise. Philip holds an honorary research fellowship at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education, Australia Catholic University and in the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, UK, as well as being a Senior Research Associate in the Ashworth Research Centre, Mersey Health Care, National Health Services, UK. Philip is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

    Carol A. Ireland, PhD,  is a Chartered Psychologist, Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She works for Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services – CCATS (www.ccats. org.uk), which is a community-based child and adult therapeutic service in the UK, and where she is the Sex Offender Lead, further leading on matters linked to sexual exploitation. She also works at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is the Director of Studies for the MSc in Forensic Psychology, as well as the Senior Research Lead at the Ashworth Research Centre, Ashworth Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Trust.