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Washington DC: High physical aggression tests during puberty may expose children to increased risk of violent crime, social ills, and alcohol and drug abuse. Children can show physical aggression at a very young age, but this behavior usually diminishes before and during elementary school.
However, a small proportion of children have atypically high levels of adolescent physical aggression that can lead to increased risk of violent crime, social ills, and alcohol and substance abuse.
This observational study of 2,223 boys and girls used information from mothers, teachers and children to monitor the development of physical aggression problems from infancy to adolescence. The analysis suggests that the frequency of physical aggression increased from age 1
The physical aggression movement patterns differed for boys and girls, and identified several risk factors, including the child's family traits, such as parents with lower education and higher depression, lower socioeconomic status, and a higher number of Siblings. Interventions during pregnancy and early childhood can help prevent severe physical aggression in children in high-risk families.