Are our kids really that angry? : an empirical investigation by Gary Elliott

By Gary Elliott

The first target for this research used to be to behavior an empirical research to collect info within the kind of info from adolescent ladies and men within the Pretoria area of South Africa. info used to be accumulated with respects to their point of actual aggression, verbal aggression, anger, hostility and melancholy. the data was once used to spot even if correlations exist among the 3 variables anger, aggression and melancholy for South African teenagers.

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Hypothesis 3: Males are more likely to experience feelings of anger towards others. Hypothesis 4: Females are more likely to experience feelings of hostility towards others. Hypothesis 5: Males and females are equally likely to report feelings of depression. 50 Hypothesis 6: Rates of physical aggression are higher in younger adolescent males than older adolescent males. Hypothesis 7: The expressions of verbal aggression in females are constant throughout adolescence. Hypothesis 8: There is a significant positive correlation between feelings of anger and expressions of aggression.

These signs may include: ƒ Social isolation – this includes the peer group and general social engagements pertaining to the family environment ƒ Behaviour problems in school – it would be prudent to listen attentively to the concerns expressed by teacher with regards your child’s behaviour, a pattern of disruptive or aggressive behaviour usually manifests ƒ Decline in school performance – the child with depression will invariably let their school work ‘slip’ and their performance will decline, this may be indicative of emotional problems 44 ƒ Inattention to appearance – the attention to neatness of appearance should be markedly different than the normal ‘sloppy’ looking adolescent clothing trends ƒ Self-destructive behaviour – this can include cutting, biting, burning of oneself or may relate to changes in diet as the child increases their food consumption or decreases the food intake ƒ Relationship problems – this could be dating relationship or peer relationships ƒ Physical slowness – a general sense of lethargy ƒ Hyper-sensitivity to failure or rejection – the adolescent may over react to failure at school, failure in sports or other activities and may over emphasize their rejection from the peer group It is common for the signs and symptoms of depression in adolescence to be missed as we often view them as typical for the phase that the child is in (Strober, McCracken & Hanna: 1990), as many as 80% of depressed adolescent may not receive any form of assistance with their condition as a result of our inability to see the signs.

These signs may include: ƒ Social isolation – this includes the peer group and general social engagements pertaining to the family environment ƒ Behaviour problems in school – it would be prudent to listen attentively to the concerns expressed by teacher with regards your child’s behaviour, a pattern of disruptive or aggressive behaviour usually manifests ƒ Decline in school performance – the child with depression will invariably let their school work ‘slip’ and their performance will decline, this may be indicative of emotional problems 44 ƒ Inattention to appearance – the attention to neatness of appearance should be markedly different than the normal ‘sloppy’ looking adolescent clothing trends ƒ Self-destructive behaviour – this can include cutting, biting, burning of oneself or may relate to changes in diet as the child increases their food consumption or decreases the food intake ƒ Relationship problems – this could be dating relationship or peer relationships ƒ Physical slowness – a general sense of lethargy ƒ Hyper-sensitivity to failure or rejection – the adolescent may over react to failure at school, failure in sports or other activities and may over emphasize their rejection from the peer group It is common for the signs and symptoms of depression in adolescence to be missed as we often view them as typical for the phase that the child is in (Strober, McCracken & Hanna: 1990), as many as 80% of depressed adolescent may not receive any form of assistance with their condition as a result of our inability to see the signs.

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