ERIC Number: ED411356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
A Study of Anger and the Elementary Student. Research Brief #25.
Tyer, Robin; Wise, Stephanie
A survey was developed to study anger in elementary school students drawing on the experience of school counselors and teachers. The final survey was distributed to elementary school counselors, school administrators, and teachers to use with children referred for anger control issues. In 7 elementary schools, 1 female and 36 male students in kindergarten through grade 5 were interviewed. Most of these children had not been identified as having any learning difficulties, and most were not being given any type of medication to control behavior. Periods of time when children were allowed to interact socially were catalysts for runaway emotions. Children did not appear to be reacting to academic stressors, and there appeared to be as many different reasons for the anger as there were children. Twenty of the 37 did not believe that the teacher disliked them. The role of diet was not clear, but most students reported having eaten a fast-food type breakfast high in fat and sugar. The relationship between males and aggressiveness was readily apparent, as all but one of the referred students were male. Implications for elementary school counselors and teachers are discussed. Since most students referred had not been identified as having problems in spite of a history of chronic anger, schools should consider ways to meet the needs of these students. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.