Parental and peer influence on aggressive behaviour of selected higher secondary students

Ranu Saikia, P. Jagathambal

Abstract


Adolescence is a development stage in human life which begins with puberty, the
period where sexual maturity occurs and attains emotional, social and other aspects of
adult maturity (Kale, 2008). Adolescents are inadequate in life skills such as problemsolving,
conflict resolution, communication, anger management. Therefore, it can be
said that adolescents are often faced with various developmental problems during this
period and these problems may lead to aggression as they have no alternative
behaviours. The term aggression refers to a range of behaviours that can result in
both physical and psychological harm to oneself, other or objects in the environment.
The expression of aggression can occur in a number of ways, including verbally,
mentally and physically (Cherry, 2009). There are also views that suggest aggression
to be formed from the interaction of individual characteristics like low self-esteem,
peer rejection and academic failure and environmental characteristics like poverty;
limited social support. Aggressive behaviour is slowly gaining prevalence among
adolescents. So, the investigator has undertaken the study on Parental and peer
influence on aggressive behaviour of selected higher secondary studentswith 50 boys
and 50 girls by using a formulated questionnaire to analyze the factors that lead to
aggression among learners in Secondary Schools


Keywords


Adolescence, Sexual maturity, Aggressive behaviour, Higher secondary students

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