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INTRODUCTION Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me We have all heard the chant a hundred times Is it true Do bad words have the ability to harm Can childrens aggressive or invasive language actually damage other children When do children start acquiring these speech patterns and directing them toward others I have selected this assignment to explore childrens communication skills as it relates to their verbal aggression It is an attempt to understand the causes as well as the consequences this phenomenon has on our children In the course of researching a business ethics paper numerous references addressing childrens harassment and violence kept appearing I found this unsettling since my remembrances of childhood bad words dispelled by chanting the above rhyme seemed to lead to neither psychological nor physical harm Articles referencing invasive communication violence and slang appeared as topics and keywords Given the incidents of violent actions by children over the last several years I have reviewed news articles and documented studies in an attempt to put a timeline on acquisition of this language and the consequences of behaviors that are associated with it Much of the research has been conceptual and theoretical with little of it empirical I agree with Roberto and Finucanes 1997 assessment that this difficulty is due to the age and reading comprehension skills of children younger than 12 Research on children and their development transcends all disciplines with the majority of research by psychologists I begin by detailing my understanding of several different child development theories mentioned consistently throughout my research in an effort to clarify the context of this research effort It is relevant because of the average age of cognizance and the researchers perceptions of validity and understanding of their test questions Psychoanalytic theorists believe that development is primarily unconscious and ruled by emotion Psychoanalysts believe that behavior is merely a surface characteristic and that to truly understand
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