Are our kids really that angry? : an empirical investigation by Gary Elliott

By Gary Elliott

The first goal for this examine used to be to behavior an empirical research to assemble details within the type of info from adolescent men and women within the Pretoria quarter of South Africa. info used to be accrued with respects to their point of actual aggression, verbal aggression, anger, hostility and melancholy. the data used to be used to spot no matter if correlations exist among the 3 variables anger, aggression and melancholy for South African teenagers.

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Adolescence is a period of hormonal change and with these there is a heightened awareness of their sexuality. The increased interaction between the sexes at this stage of development leads to dating relationships commencing. The dating relationship is often characterised by aggression; verbal and physical aggression is common in adolescent dating couples. The primary focus of this research is the correlation between anger, aggression and depression. Depression is common in adolescence but for the purpose of this study, the connection between chronic anger and depression is sought.

State anger is a subjective emotion accompanied by muscle tension and stimulation of the autonomous nervous system; its intensity may deviate from quite mild to quite strong. The intensity of state anger may change as a function of the 27 attack an individual perceives, or the intensity of unjustness or frustration. However, trait anger is perceived in far more situations as displeasing and frustrating, and accordingly it is described as a tendency to have rather frequent state anger. It would appear that anger, in many cases leads towards aggression if it is not controlled suitably.

Hypothesis 4: Females are more likely to experience feelings of hostility towards others. Hypothesis 5: Males and females are equally likely to report feelings of depression. 50 Hypothesis 6: Rates of physical aggression are higher in younger adolescent males than older adolescent males. Hypothesis 7: The expressions of verbal aggression in females are constant throughout adolescence. Hypothesis 8: There is a significant positive correlation between feelings of anger and expressions of aggression.

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