ERIC Number: ED195905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Aggressive Behavior in Normal and Deviant Families of Intact and Mother-Only Families.
Horne, Arthur M.
Childhood aggression is among the most common and least transitory of childhood dysfunctions. Mother-only families have higher rates of childhood aggression than do intact, father-present homes. The effect of father presence and father absence on the aggressive behavior of family members was examined, along with the behavior patterns in families with an identified aggressive target child and families without an identified aggressive child. Mother-only families (N=9) and intact families (N=15) receiving treatment for an aggressive male child comprised the sample of deviant families. Mother-only (N=9) and intact (N=16) families from the community comprised the normal sample. Trained observers rated the families over a three-week period using the Family Interaction Coding System. Families with an identified deviant child were found to demonstrate more aggressive behaviors than families with a normal target child. Of the deviant families, the mother-only family was more likely to be aggressive. Deviant intact families increased more than normal intact families in aggressive behavior when the father was absent. Mothers demonstrated increasing aggression the longer the father was gone, regardless of whether the family was normal or deviant. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Interaction Coding System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).