Patricia Hawley

Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology
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(Ph.D., University of California Riverside) Dr. Hawley's research addresses the development and nature of social competence in preschoolers and adolescents. Her evolutionary model of social dominance (i.e., Resource Control Theory) does not bind aggression with social maladaptation. Her work demonstrates that individuals who are the most effective at competition in the peer group are both prosocial/sociable and highly aggressive. Yet, they suffer none of negative social repercussions or social skills deficits characteristic of the children who are purely aggressive.


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