Australian National Committee on Violence :
A) Key Conclusion
The Committee was set up in 1990, under the guidance of the Australian
Institute of Criminology, by the Australian national and state
governments, to report on trends in violence in Australia, its causes, and
effective strategies for reducing violence.
This is the first of six e-mails which summarise its findings.
1. Families constitute the training ground for aggression. It is within
the Family that aggressive behaviours are first learned. To the extent
that Families fail to instil non-violent values in their children, those
children will be more likely to develop a repertoire of violent behaviours
as they negotiate life in society at large.
2. There are correlations between aggression in children and (a) maternal
rejection, b) parental use of physical punishment and threat.
3. Abusive parents themselves tend to have been abused or neglected as
children (but only a quarter of abused persons will, in turn, abuse their
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