Assessment 3 Instructions
Design a research-based Aggression Intervention Training Plan to minimize aggression for the setting in which you are currently working, or a setting from your previous professional experience.
Social psychology is a scientific, research-based discipline. However, research in the field can be applied to understanding human behavior in a wide variety of settings and fields such as law, in addition to a wide range of applications for business and health settings.
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
- How does social learning theory explain aggression?
- What is the evolutionary argument about aggression?
- How are gender, race, and culture related to self-esteem?
Understanding Interactions in Complex Social Systems
There has been a lot of psychological research on the cause of aggressive behavior and much discussion on how to reduce aggressive behavior. The social learning theory of aggression (Bandura, 1973) can be extended to understand the link between exposure to media with violent content and aggressive behavior. Thousands of studies have established a clear link between watching aggressive models and engaging in aggressive behavior (Anderson, Carnagey, & Eubanks, 2003). Most of these studies were focused on children and violent television content. However, recent research has looked at the effects of video games and violent content in music as it relates to aggressive behavior.
Anderson, C. A., Carnagey, N. L., & Eubanks, J. (2003). Exposure to violent media: The effects of songs with violent lyrics on aggressive thoughts and feelings. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 960971.
Bandura, A. (1973). Aggression: A social learning analysis. Prentice Hall.
Use the Capella Library and the Internet to research social psychology theory related to aggression; self-concept and self-efficacy; workplace aggression; de-escalation of aggression, training activities, et cetera.
The deliverable for this assessment is an Aggression Intervention Training Program for handling potential situations of aggression, based on your own professional setting. This assessment requires you to apply research and creativity to develop a product you could use in professional life.
Assume the role in the scenario for the professional setting you currently work in, or a setting from your past experience.
Due to your training and expertise in social psychology, your agency (or company) director has asked you to design a training activity/intervention for staff to identify and manage potential aggression in your work environment, and to promote positive outcomes.
Design a research-based Aggression Intervention Training Program for staff to minimize aggression, within a setting from your professional experience. You may use the format of your choice for the deliverable, such as a report, proposal, et cetera.
Reflect on the prompts listed below each scoring guide criterion as you develop this assessment.
- Evaluate how aggressive behavior may be influenced by the relationships, groups, and culture in a setting.
- What elements or conditions of the setting could contribute to potential aggressive behaviors?
- Are modifications in the environment needed?
- Are changes needed in the culture?
- Apply social psychological theory, research, and methods to design intervention training to minimize aggression in a specific setting.
- What does a staff person need to understand about their own reactions and triggers?
- How can staff quickly assess the aggressor’s own self-concept?