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ERIC Number: EJ824367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
Prevalence of Father-Child Rough-and-Tumble Play and Physical Aggression in Preschool Children
Paquette, Daniel; Carbonneau, Rene; Dubeau, Diane; Bigras, Marc; Tremblay, Richard E.
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v18 n2 p171-189 Jun 2003
Three samples of francophone subjects from Quebec (Canada) are used to establish the prevalence of parent-child RTP according to different personal, social and family variables, and to verify if children who engage in more RTP with their father exhibit less physical aggression towards other children and are more competitive without resorting to aggression. Our results showed that 24 to 43% of fathers engaged in RTP with their children on a daily basis, and only 4 to 16% of fathers never do. Moreover, personal characteristics such as the age and sex of the participants seemed to have a greater influence on the frequency of parent-child RTP than variables related for example to work, socio-economic conditions, or the living environment. The hypothesis that children who engage in more RTP with their fathers display less physical aggression towards their peers is invalidated here. We have concluded that it is important that not only RTP frequency, but also and especially indicators of RTP quality be used. Future observational studies of father-child RTP are required in order to do so. Finally, certain preliminary results support the hypothesis that father-child RTP fosters the development of the competition skills in children without using aggression. (Contains 8 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada