Transmission of Aggression Through Imitation of Aggressive Models

In a previous study (see 37: 856) children imitated the behavior of a model in the presence of the model. The present study investigated the degree of imitation when the model was not present. Degree to which like-sexed model behavior would be followed was also studied. Nursery school children exposed to aggressively behaving models tended to imitate not only their aggressiveness but other behavior as well. There was some confirmation of like-sex imitation. The results were related to the psychoanalytic theory of identification.

Publication Date

November 1961

Publication Name

Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology

Violence type

Albert Bandura, Dorothea Ross, and Sheila A. Ross