ERIC Number: ED022562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Head Start Evaluation and Research Center, Boston University. Report C-II, the Expression of Aggression in Pre-School Children.
Dorman, Lynn M.
Ten boys and 16 girls from two Head Start schools in Massachusetts were administered two projective measures of aggression. A third measure was obtained from teacher rankings of behavior based on classroom conduct. For the projective measures, each child was asked to respond to three social situations as depicted by dolls and drawings. The child was to comment upon what he would do if placed into each situation. The situations could elicit an aggressive or nonaggressive response. The three social situations were (1) block play and swinging for boys, (2) doll play and painting for girls, and (3) a book situation for both sexes. Each response by a child in one of the situations was coded as aggressive or nonaggressive. The results showed that the girls in one Head Start school manifested the most aggressive behavior, with little difference between the sexes in the second school. It was also found that children who express more aggression on projective tests are more verbal and more cooperative. The correlations between the ratings of aggression on the projective tests and the rankings by the classroom teacher were low. (WD)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA.