Boys and Girls Equal at Social Aggression

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According to a recent study, boys and girls have the different types of aggression depending on their gender, but both are equally guilty of aggressive social behaviors.

What are the kinds of social aggression?

There are two kinds of social aggression, including direct aggression and indirect aggression. With direct aggression, kids usually use physical or verbal acts, like hitting, dumping or gossiping. Indirect aggression, on the other hand, is when kids use certain behaviors designed to damage another person’s social relationships without direct confrontation.

In this study, researchers find that children who are directly aggressive are also indirectly aggressive. There is not much a difference in using indirect aggression between girls and boys. And, boys are more likely to show directly aggressive acts than girls. In addition, children with direct aggression tend to have social problems such as poor relationships with their friends, low pro–social behavior, or are prone to delinquency. Meanwhile, children who always act indirectly aggressive have depression and lower self–esteem. However, they are good at getting support from others to convince their peers to gossip and exclude others.

Social aggression between girls and boys

Boys often view aggression as an exercise to control others or to show their self–esteem. They are likely to view aggressive acts in a positive way by using physically behavior such as hitting. And, boys tend to have a large play group. On the other hand, girls usually use verbal aggression such as gossiping or forming cliques. Their aggressive acts come from excessive stress and a loss of self–control. It can be easily found out in a small and intimate group.

However, both of boys and girls are equally guilty of aggression. This is because they have the same goal which is using aggression to bully their victim, experiencing the feeling of a winner and making their victim being left out in a group.

How to decrease social aggression in children?

To decrease social aggression, children needs to have the support from parents, family, and school. Aggressive behaviors could come from a family when kids are exposed to violence from their parents. To limit it, parents should be good models for their kids. Also, in case kids have psychological problems, parents should spend time caring for them children and make an appointment with a psychologist to find out how to deal with the problem. Also, to educate a kid with aggressive behavior, the school needs educational programs about aggression at school and teach them tips on how to deal with it.


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