ERIC Number: ED037243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Two Counseling Methods on the Physical and Verbal Aggression of Preschool Indian Children. Part of the Final Report on Head Start Evaluation and Research: 1968-69 to the Office of Economic Opportunity.
The purposes of this study were (1) to investigate the influence of anthropomorphic models as a therapeutic vehicle to help 5-year-old Indian children to appropriately handle, and thereby decrease, physical and verbal aggression, and (2) to investigate the influence of group counseling with Indian mothers as it affects agression in their preschool children. Subjects in the 8-week study were 30 children randomly assigned to three groups. In Group I, children were placed in a controlled environment with human-feature, life-size dolls. Mothers of Group II met for 90 minutes weekly to see a film and participate in group counseling. The counseling model used was perceptual modification through verbal reinforcement. Group III was the control group. Pre- and post-observations and ratings were made for the subjects on an experimenter-designed instrument which measured quantitative aggression responses. Study results revealed no significant differences in physical, verbal, or total aggression between experimental and control groups before or after treatment. Indian mothers significantly increased verbal output during treatment, but results indicated that this change bore no relationship to children's aggressive behavior at preschool. (DR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Child Development Evaluation and Research Center.
Identifiers: Gila River Reservation