Birmingham has an above average rate of teen crime and teen homicides. Many experts attempt to relate this behavior to societal causes and the lack of government funding for teen programs.
Almost all studies indicate that aggressive behavior begins in early life. Some aggressive behavior is disease related and can or should be controlled with medical attention.
New research done by researchers at the University of Minnesota and published in the journal Child Development on October 26, 2011, indicates a much earlier source of childhood aggressive behavior that can be attributed to the behavior of children in later life.
The six year study involved 260 mother child pairs that were observed at intervals to access the effect parenting style had on aggressive behavior in children over time.
“Our findings suggest that it was negative parenting in early infancy that mattered most.” According to Michael F. Lorber, a research scientist at New York University and lead author of the paper.
Negative parenting occurred when parents expressed negative emotions toward their children, handled them roughly, etc.. One can find daily reports of such behaviors in the Birmingham News or from any police department in Birmingham.
Conflict between mothers and children that worsened over time and became a pattern was the highest indicator of future aggressive behavior in school aged children and teens.
Both the mother and the child’s continuation of a conflict scenario are indicative of future aggressive behavior in children.
The research was reviewed at the Eureka Alert web site on October 26, 2011.