Is monkey maternal abuse of offspring aggressive behavior?

A. Troisi, F. R. D'Amato

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This study was intended to probe the aggressive nature of monkey infant abuse by comparing the morphology of abusive behavior patterns with that of patterns allocated to both aggression and other categories of behavioral repertoires of macaques. This morphological analysis indicated that most abusive patterns should not be classified in the aggression category as they, at the motor end, differ greatly from macaque aggressive acts. In contrast, they perfectly resemble behaviors that monkeys usually display while manipulating inanimate objects. The implications of this finding for the pathogenic study of monkey infant abuse are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalAggressive Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psychology(all)


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