Once a child or adolescent engages in violent or aggressive behavior, the behavior is very difficult to change. This is partly because aggression often works as a strategy for children and adolescents to get what they want, and it is self-reinforcing. There are several evidence-based strategies for helping children and adolescents control themselves and refrain from violent or aggressive behavior. It is important to understand which strategy would be most effective given the needs of the children or adolescents, their culture, their situation, and the amount of support they may or may not receive from their parents or guardians. Consequently, one primary focus in working with parents of aggressive children or adolescents is to help them learn how to say â€œnoâ€ and to stay firm, despite their childâ€™s or adolescentâ€™s violent or aggressive behavior.
Something else to consider in treating violent or aggressive behavior is when interventions need to be implemented. As a child or adolescent grows up, there may be warning signs, such as subtle or overt behaviors that could ultimately lead to more severe violent or aggressive behaviors.
For this Assignment, review the multimedia program Aiden Carter Reverse Timeline. This is a case study of a young man named Aiden and how events in his life led to his aggressive behavior and his violent acts. Consider what possible interventions or strategies, if implemented at different points of his life, might have changed the course of events.
Disclaimer: Please note that the pictures and story of Aiden Carter depict graphic details of school violence that may be disturbing. Please consult your faculty if you experience trauma related to the media. If after consultation you feel you need further services, please contact the Walden Counseling Center.
The Assignment (1-2 pages):
- Select one childhood age in Aidenâ€™s timeline. Describe one intervention that, if implemented at that age, might have potentially changed the course of events and explain how.
- Select one adolescent age in Aidenâ€™s timeline. Describe one intervention that, if implemented at that age, might have potentially changed the course of events and explain how.
- Describe two parent/guardian interventions that, if implemented, may have potentially changed the course of events and explain how.
- Justify your choice of interventions using the weekâ€™s resources and the current literature.