Agression is defined as intentional infliction of personal harm and physical destruction. It includes individual forms of aggression as well as institutional and international violence. Social cognitive theory addresses the three major aspects of aggressive modes of behavior. They include the origins of aggressive behavior; what provokes people to aggressive acts; what determines adoption of aggression as a primary mode of behavior. In accord with the broad psychosocial perspective, aggressive modes of behavior are prevented and modified at the individual and systemic levels.

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