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ERIC Number: ED074502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 10
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Language and Aggression: An Exploratory Study Amongst Black and Puerto Rican Youth.
Montare, Alberto; Boone, Sherle
This study investigated the hypothesis that high level language proficiency is associated with low observable aggression and low language proficiency is associated with high aggression. Sixteen black and eight Puerto Rican male fifth graders were the subjects of a test of this hypothesis. Four variables were examined: language proficiency, physical aggression, verbal aggression, and total aggression. Conclusions indicated that (1) Puerto Rican subjects had significantly lower scores than black subjects on total language proficiency, and (2) both verbal and total aggression results for the Puerto Rican group were significantly greater than those for the blacks. (The physical aggression scores for the Puerto Ricans were also higher than those for the blacks, but not significantly.) The authors state that the findings were limited by the size of the sample, the fact that females were present (as observers) in one group, and the fact that the results relate only to proficiency in Standard English as measured by one test. The authors suggest that their study may substantiate the idea that disruptive classroom aggression can be reduced by improving language proficiency. (Author/DI)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)