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NCJ Number: 157877 Find in a Library
Title: Aggression and Fighting Behavior Among African-American Adolescents: Individual and Family Factors
Journal: American Journal of Public Health  Volume:84  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1994)  Pages:618-621
Author(s): N U Cotten; J Resnick; D C Browne; S L Martin; D R McCarraher; J Woods
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the extent to which individual characteristics of black adolescents and family factors predicted their aggression and fighting behavior.
Abstract: Data were obtained through self-report questionnaires completed by 436 black children attending two middle schools. The results showed that individual characteristics of the respondents, including age, gender, weapon-carrying behavior, and attitude toward violence were positively correlated with their reports of aggressive behavior and fighting at school. The findings suggest that violence prevention programs implemented at the elementary and middle school levels could reduce the incidence of aggression and violence among black adolescents by teaching nonviolent attitudes and conflict resolution strategies. School suspension records were related to family poverty and which school the student attended, but family and school factors were not related to student reports of aggression and fighting. 3 tables and 13 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Aggression; Black/African Americans; Home environment; Victims of Crime; Violence causes
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