Aggression and Violence News

Why Are More Kids on Antipsychotics?

March 3rd, 2015
More children are being prescribed antipsychotic medications -- drugs designed to treat such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder -- and pediatricians and psychiatrists at the University of Vermont conducted a study to find out why. Specifically, the researchers wanted to find ...

Perception of Control Helps Women Rebound from Trauma

March 3rd, 2015
New research suggests women who believe they have control over life circumstances and have strong social support experience better psychological recovery after an assault. Investigators studied 159 women who had been exposed to at least one assault-related, potentially traumatic event. They found that ...

Aggressive Boys Tend to Develop into Physically Stronger Teens

February 28th, 2015
Boys who are aggressive tend to develop into physically stronger teens than boys who are not aggressive, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. “This work was motivated by a long-standing controversy over the relationship between physical development and ...

Cyberbullying Often Goes Unchecked

February 25th, 2015
New research suggests people tend to avoid direct confrontation with a cyberbully, even when they have an opportunity to make a difference. In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get ...

Intense Anger Can Spark a Heart Attack

February 25th, 2015
So angry you could explode? If so, be aware of chest pains that may develop in the next few hours. New research discovers the risk of heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following an acute episode of anger than ...

Teen Drivers Swayed by Risk-Accepting Riders

February 22nd, 2015
A new study shows that teen drivers are strongly influenced by their teen passengers' attitudes toward driving, especially those passengers who openly condone risky driving behaviors, according to new research published in the journal Health Psychology. The findings showed that male teen drivers took more ...

Polluted Air Tied to Hike in Suicide Risk

February 14th, 2015
Breathing in polluted air is linked to an increased risk for suicide, particularly among middle-aged men, according to researchers at the University of Utah. The study is adding to the small, but growing body of research linking air pollution exposure to suicide. For ...

Study Finds 1 Million Juvenile Gang Members in U.S.

February 13th, 2015
More than 1 million young people in the U.S. (about two percent of youth) belong to a gang, which is more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a new study. The researchers found that these young people ...

Bad Driving Linked to Less Empathy

February 8th, 2015
Individuals with a history of dangerous driving show relatively less activation in brain areas associated with social cognition and empathy compared to their safe-driving counterparts, according to new research published in the journal NeuroImage. Psychological scientists in the Czech Republic monitored the brain ...

Study of Retired NFL Players Shows Concussion-Related Brain Damage

February 5th, 2015
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered signs of accumulated brain damage in former NFL players that may be connected to specific memory problems experienced decades after they stopped playing football. The study involved nine former NFL players who underwent a variety of imaging and ...