Challenging Behavior, Parental Conflict and Community Violence in Students with Aggressive Behavior

Angel Alberto Valdés Cuervo, Jesús Tánori Quintana, Ernesto Alonso Carlos Martínez, Teodoro Rafael Wendlandt Amezaga

Abstract


The effects of the presence of challenging behavior problems, parental conflict and violence in the community were determined by the probability of occurrence of bullying behaviors in elementary students. 664 students participated in the study, of whom 80 (12.04%) were identified as aggressors. 80 students with no reports of attacks were later selected randomly for comparison. Using logistic regression, it was found that the variables studied manifest significant differences between the student groups with and without aggressive behavior toward peers (R2 = .39). Challenging behavior (OR = 7.83), parental conflict (OR = 3.77) and Community Violence (OR = 5.36) increase the probability of belonging to the group of aggressors. We conclude that it is necessary to analyze the bullying from an ecological framework that considers variables located in the contexts in which individuals interact.


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Family, neighborhood, school violence, bullying

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