Family Interaction and the Development of Aggression in Adolescents: The Experiences of Students and Administrators
Sharline M. Cole, PhD; Susan R. Anderson, PhD

This is a qualitative study that investigated the impact of family interaction and the development of aggression in adolescents enrolled in an inner-city Junior High School. A purposive sampling approach was used to select the participants. The researcher interviewed two school officials and conducted focus group discussions with eight students. The majority of students were from female headed households. There were gender differences in aggressive tendencies with bullying being the most reported. Students experienced parental aggression, and interactions with parents were categorized as both positive and negative with most of the parents being aggressive. The family plays a significant role in the development of aggressive and pro-social behaviour in adolescents. This can guide educators as to what interventions to implement.

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