International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 8 Num. 3 - October 2008


Aggressiveness and coping in adolescence. An intercultural perspective.

Volume 8 Num. 3 - October 2008 - Pages 431-440


Paula Samper , Ana M. Tur , V. Mestre , M. T. Cort


The infantile and juvenile aggressiveness is considered to be a complex phenomenon, with multiple factors
that contribute to different aggressive manifestations. This phenomenon has been an
object of many investigations, which have the aim to understand the basic mechanisms
that cause and regulate this behaviour and it is important to consider that the interculturality
is a reality that characterizes our school and our society. The increase of the immigrant
population in Spain during the last years and the increase of international adoptions has
generated in some schools a high percentage of pupils proceeding from other cultures.
This study tries to analyze the presence of aggressive behaviour and the mechanisms of
coping in a sample of 1557 adolescents 12 to 15 years old. Instruments used were the
Inventory of Empathy for Children and Adolescents, the Prosocial Behaviour Scale, the
Emotional Instability Scale, the Physical and Verbal Aggression Scale, and the Adolescents
Coping Scale. The results show significant differences in physical and verbal aggressives
behaviours and in the coping strategies evaluated depending on sex, the country of birth
and the presence of students from other countries.

Key words:

agressivity, coping, adolescents, interculturality

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