HomePhilippine Journal of Counseling Psychologyvol. 15 no. 1 (2013)

Parental Messages Supporting Aggressive Solutions to Fighting and Frequency of Aggressive Behaviors

Glenn M. Calaguas




This study investigated the correlation between parental messages supporting aggressive solutions to fighting and frequency of aggressive behaviors. Eight hundred twenty three school-aged children were asked to respond to the Parental Support for Fighting Scale (PSFS) and the Aggression Scale for Middle School Children (ASMSC). PSFS measures perception of parental support for aggressive and non-aggressive solutions to fighting. On the other hand, ASMSC measures self-reported aggressive behaviors during the week prior to the survey. Statistical analyses revealed significant positive correlation between scores in the Parental Support for Aggressive Solutions (PSAS) subscale of the PSFS and total scores in the ASMSC. Implications of the findings to counseling and development of appropriate interventions are discussed.