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date: 20 October 2021

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Children must learn to navigate the complex world of social interdependence. This chapter discusses the central characteristics of interdependent interaction, reviewing recent research from social psychology. It then explores the repertoire of skill necessary for successful navigation of interdependence, and how rigid coercive aggression might impede success. It combines a dynamic systems framework with developmental and family research on social interaction in dyads and larger groups. In this view, elements of emotion, thought, and action assemble at each moment during real-time interaction, conditioning and being conditioned by the ongoing flow of that interaction. These elements come to form coordinated ensembles at the individual, dyad, and group level, and over time self-stabilize into coherent styles, including coercive aggression and prosocial orientations. The chapter then focuses on how these styles develop, and concludes with discussion of directions for future research and intervention.

Keywords: interdependence, coercive aggression, prosocial behavior, dynamic system, dynamic assembly, family system

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