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Dziecięca agresja a umiejętność mentalizowania
Children aggression and mentalization skills

Author(s): Joanna Kossewska
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych
Keywords: mentalization; theory of mind; proactive aggression; reactive aggression; children; adolescents

Summary/Abstract: Aggressive behaviour in children and adolescents can be connected with their social and cognitive competence. This article is an attempt to analyse the relationship between aggression and the development of the mentalization process as the fundamental aspect of social cognition which is closely related to the phenomenon of ‘theory of mind’. The development of ‘theory of mind’, in addition to mentalization, appears manifest in the relationship of aggressive behaviour with its primary teleological function. Recent reform of the Polish education system included the lowering of the age for compulsory education. The question of whether this may increase aggression levels in children during the first stage of education is discussed in the light of the study findings.

  • Issue Year: 127/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 21-36
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish