Aggressive Behavior of Children in a Daycare Center

  • Sidnei Rinaldo Priolo Filho Universidade Federal de São Carlos
  • Henrique Mesquita Pompermaier Universidade Federal de São Carlos
  • Nancy Vinagre Fonseca de Almeida Universidade Federal de São Carlos
  • Débora de Hollanda Souza Universidade Federal de São Carlos

Abstract

The present work examined aggressive behavior in a sample of children attending a child daycare center in relation to their teachers' behaviors and the types of activities proposed by them. Four teachers and their respective students were observed for an average of six sessions, during which they performed activities, which could be free (without instruction) or guided. The most frequent behaviors were pushing/pulling, fighting over objects/taking an object from someone else, and kicking/throwing objects, with 77.61% of the aggressive behavior occurring during the free activities. An association between free activities and aggressive behavior was found. The categories kicking/throwing, fighting over objects/taking an object from someone else and slapping the face were associated with free activity. These results indicate the need for more attention directed toward children's free activities, providing them with adequate space for play and diverse opportunities for exploration and object manipulation.

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Published
2016-08-01
How to Cite
Filho, S., Pompermaier, H., Almeida, N., & Souza, D. (2016). Aggressive Behavior of Children in a Daycare Center . Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 26(64), 235-243. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-43272664201611
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