Real-Time Decision Making and Aggressive Behavior in Youth: A Heuristic Model of Response Evaluation and Decision (RED).

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Journal Article

Considerable scientific and intervention attention has been paid to judgment and decision-making systems associated with aggressive behavior in youth. However, most empirical studies have investigated social-cognitive correlates of stable child and adolescent aggressiveness, and less is known about real-time decision making to engage in aggressive behavior. A model of real-time decision making must incorporate both impulsive actions and rational thought. The present paper advances a process model (response evaluation and decision; RED) of real-time behavioral judgments and decision making in aggressive youths with mathematic representations that may be used to quantify response strength. These components are a heuristic to describe decision making, though it is doubtful that individuals always mentally complete these steps. RED represents an organization of social-cognitive operations believed to be active during the response decision step of social information processing. The model posits that RED processes can be circumvented through impulsive responding. This article provides a description and integration of thoughtful, rational decision making and nonrational impulsivity in aggressive behavioral interactions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fontaine, RG; Dodge, KA

Published Date

  • November 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 604 - 624

PubMed ID

  • 20802851

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20802851

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-2337

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0096-140X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ab.20150

Language

  • eng