Edited By Karin Österman
Preface - 1
Preface The present volume is a Festschrift for professor Kaj Björkqvist on his 60th birthday. Kaj Björkqvist is professor of developmental psychology at Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland. He is well-known all over the world for his research on aggression. In particular, his name is linked to the study of indirect aggression. He is well-known for his work on female aggression, and he has constructed a developmental theory about different forms of aggression, i.e. physical, verbal, and indirect aggression. He has also studied bullying in schools and in workplaces, and the effects of media violence. Furthermore, he has stud- ied conflict resolution, and conducted cross-cultural research. He has published 12 books and more than a hundred scientific articles, mainly in English, but also in Finnish, Swedish, Italian, German, and Japanese. Scientists are not always well-known to the general public, but this is not the case of Kaj Björkqvist. His work has earned much public interest, and he is fre- quently being interviewed in the press, radio, and on TV, in many countries. He has for instance been interviewed by the New York Times, The Guardian in England, National Public Radio in U.S.A., and Spiegel TV in Germany, just to name a few. He has also twice been asked to lecture for the Parliament of Finland on how to counter violence in society. He is a devoted and active member of the International Society for Research on Aggression, a long-time council member of the society, and has co-organised...
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