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Research Article(ISSN: 2638-6003)

The Study Plays Fighting to Cope with Children Aggression at Primary School

Volume 2 - Issue 2

Dao Chanh Thuc*

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    • Department of Physical Education, AN GIANG University, Vietnam

    *Corresponding author: Dao Chanh Thuc, Department of Physical Education, AN GIANG University, Vietnam

Received: November 21, 2018;   Published: November 27, 2018

DOI: 10.32474/OSMOAJ.2018.02.000134

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Aggressive behaviour among young people represent a universal concern and many children and adolescents report having been victimized or having bullied others. Cost-effective strategies are required to cope with this problem. The present study investigated the effect of play fighting on self-perceived aggression at primary school pupils. Using a crossover longitudinal design, 63 fourth and fifth-grade pupils (31 boys and 32 girls, mean age = 9.6 ± 0.5 years) took part in a controlled play fighting school-based intervention 2 days/week for 4 consecutive weeks, replicating the program adopted in a previous study with 13-year old junior high school students. Participants filled in the 12-item short version of the Aggression Questionnaire three times: baseline period (A0 and A1), and after the go fighting intervention (A2). A RM-ANOVA showed significant within subject differences among the three evaluation times (F=2.91, P = 0.003). At A1 Verbal Aggression, Anger, and Hostility significantly decreased, while at the post-intervention, only Physical Aggression was significantly lower in comparison with A1 (A1 = 5.45 ± 2.47; A2 = 5.04 ± 2.41; F = 5.22, p = 0.005). Results provide some preliminary insight on the role that play fighting can have as a part of a physical education curriculum to cope with children antisocial and aggressive behaviour, confirming the encouraging conclusions of previous research in young adolescents.

Keywords: Aggressive Behaviour; Children; Peer-Aggression; Physical Education; Play Fighting

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