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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2013 Jun;43(3):321-330. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4040/jkan.2013.43.3.321
Yun EK , Shin SH .
College of Nursing Science, East-West Research Institute, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. sunghshin@khu.ac.kr
Abstract

PURPOSE: This cross-sectional study was done to compare factors influencing young adolescents' aggression according to family structure. METHODS: Participants were 680 young adolescents aged 11 to 15 years (113 in single father families, 136 in single mother families, 49 in grandparent families, and 382 in both-parent families). All measures were self-administered. Data were analyzed using SPSS 18.0 program and factors affecting young adolescents' aggression were analyzed by stepwise multiple regression. RESULTS: Levels of young adolescents' aggression and all variables were significantly different among the four family structure groups. Factors influencing young adolescents' aggression were also different according to these 4 groups. For single father families, depression-anxiety and family hardiness significantly predicted the level of young adolescents' aggression (adjusted R square=.37, p<.001). For single mother families, depression-anxiety, gender, and friends' support significantly predicted the level of young adolescents' aggression (adjusted R square=.58, p<.001). For grandparent families, depression-anxiety and family support significantly predicted the level of young adolescents' aggression (adjusted R square=.58, p<.001). For both-parent families, depression-anxiety, family hardiness, and friends' support significantly predicted the level of young adolescents' aggression (adjusted R square=.48, p<.001). CONCLUSION: Nurses working with young adolescents should consider family structure-specific factors influencing aggression in this population.

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