Parent-Child Conflict and Aggression in Puberty

Author: Farah Sharif

Supervisor:  Ms. Afifa Anjum

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2007-2011)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to investigate the impact of parent-child confliction aggression at puberty. It was hypothesized that: a) parent child conflict at puberty is the predictor of overall aggression, b) parent-child conflict has impact on subtypes of aggression named as physical aggression, verbal aggression, hostility and anger at puberty and there will be significant gender difference in parent-child conflict and aggression. A sample of 1 10 participants (boys = 55 and girls = 55) at puberty age (boys = 12-16 and girls = 10-14 years) was selected from three different private schools of Lahore. Issue Checklist was used as a tool to measure parent-child conflict and Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire was used to measure aggression and its subscales. Multiple Linear Regression analyses revealed significant impact of parent- child conflict on aggression. Further, when analyzed separately, the positive impact of parent-child conflict was significant on all subscales of aggression. Puberty age onset had negative impact on anger, verbal and overall aggression. t-test analysis revealed that there was no significant gender difference in parent-child conflict and aggression. The most frequent conflicting issues between parents and children were related to routine minor issues such as fighting with siblings, doing school homework and choice of clothes. While major issues were found to be less frequent such as drinking beer or alcoholic beverages, using drugs and Smoking tobacco. Hostility was found to be the highest among anger, physical and verbal forms of aggression in participants. It was concluded that at pubertal age, parent-child conflicts arise that leads towards aggression in adolescents.

Keywords: parent-child conflict, aggression, puberty, gender differences.

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