ERIC Number: ED386504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Urban Middle School Students Responses to Anger Situations.
Bosworth, Kris; Hammer, Ronen
The situations in which young adolescents identify anger and the strategies they use in response to anger were studied with students from a midwestern urban middle school health class. The sample included 53 sixth graders, 41 seventh graders, and 41 eighth graders. Responses to a one-page survey indicated that students reported more anger situations in the family than in any other setting. White students were somewhat more likely to report family conflict, especially with siblings, than were teens of other racial backgrounds. Anger with parents remained relatively stable over the three years, but anger with siblings decreased. Unhealthy responses to anger, such as hitting, swearing, revenge or even the silent treatment, are the more common responses from middle schoolers, but about 15 percent reported responding in a nonviolent way. Students reported the most violence with siblings and the least with adults. With friends they are most likely to try to work it out using a number of strategies. Some students reported the strategies they used to prevent angry reaction, such as taking a time out or reacting with humor. Two tables summarize some responses. (Contains four references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Anger, Coping, Elementary School Students, Family Characteristics, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Child Relationship, Sibling Relationship, Stress Variables, Student Reaction, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Violence
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Center for Adolescent Studies.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).