Be Wide Awake: Aggressiveness on Children
Keywords:Aggressive behavior, Children, Higher primary school, Modified overt aggression scale, Snowball sampling.
Background of the Study: Aggression is one of the most prevalent behavioral aspects in children which
cause a lot of concern in present days. Reactively aggressive children do not seek to meet goals through
aggressive behavior. Instead they react negatively to perceived or actual threats and are easily irritated.
Objective: The study examines the aggressive behavior among school children attending higher primary
school in selected village, Mangalore.
Methods: A non-experimental descriptive design was chosen to assess the aggressive behavior among
children by using a Modified Overt Aggression Scale and total of 60 samples were selected using the
Snowball sampling technique.
Results: The findings clearly revealed that 48 subjects (80%) were having mild aggressive behavior. With
regard to the association of demographic variables, religion, birth order, occupational status of parents,
family income and parents opinion regarding aggressive behavior had statistically significant association
with the aggressive behavior among children attending higher primary school at p<0.05 level.
Conclusion: The study infers that adolescents have considerable level of aggressive behavior. It is important
to indicate that aggression is a problem which continues through the adolescents and adulthood and hence it
is just not a problem at that point of time.
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