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ERIC Number: EJ907793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
On the Links between Aggressive Behaviour, Loneliness, and Patterns of Close Relationships among Non-Clinical School-Age Boys
Al-Yagon, Michal
Research in Education, v80 n1 p75-92 Nov 2008
This study explored multifaceted associations between children's aggressive behaviours and loneliness feelings by identifying sub-groups of children with different individual profiles, and also examined whether profiles associated differently with children's quality of close relationships with mothers and peers. Participants were 145 non-clinical boys (8 to 11 years) sampled from two public elementary schools: forty-one third-graders, fifty-one fourth-graders, and fifty-three fifth-graders. Using k-means clustering methods based on overall teacher-rated aggression and child-rated loneliness feelings, four distinct clusters emerged. Tukey HSD and Scheffe procedures validated the clusters, revealing significant inter-cluster differences on child's secure/insecure attachment to mother and on quality of friendship with a best friend. Discussion focuses on understanding different relationship patterns among these subgroups of school-age boys. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel