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Aggression as a Challenge

Theory and research- Current Problems

Edited By Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka

We live in a world of phenomena created by the human mind and by human experience, namely conflict, aggression, aggressiveness and violence. These phenomena are viewed as constructs of the mind, types of behaviour, particular experiences and emotional states, specific social interactions or even historical and political categories such as social movements, wars, angry social protests etc. The study explores the notions of aggression and violence and from an individual and a social perspective analyses their determinants in various environments in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It is an attempt to join the global discussion on reaction conditions and key points that are connected with the risk of pathologization of the personality and its behaviour.
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Specific Risk Behaviors and Religious Coping in Teenagers Using Psychoactive Substances

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The behaviors of young people known to ingest psychoactive substances can be identified as risk behaviors. Contact with stimulants could be experimental, harmful or addictive in character, and at each of these states, it is possible to introduce therapy. Other risk behaviors are all forms of aggression. In early adolescence, most girls and boys are introduced to alcohol and often to drugs as well. This phase of development is connected with the appearance or strengthening of risk behaviors, such as aggression, conflicts with the law, early sexual initiation, auto aggression, joining sects, skipping school or running away from home. When looking for the causes of such behavior, the following aspects of the adolescent’s lives are considered: family relations, peer relations, material status, conflicts with the law, and mental illnesses in the family. These can be the causes of many deficits among teenagers. The hardships of adolescence, the challenges and needs it entails, and the fact that it creates and shapes personality and values can also be causes for teenagers to engage in risk-taking behavior. Where else can one seek other forms of adolescence’s challenges? Can teenagers who decide to take the aforementioned risks utilize constructive forms of dealing with difficulties? A possible plane of the deficiencies of these adolescents could be their inability or unwillingness to utilize positive religious coping strategies.

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