Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Professor Richard Lyle, Ph.D


A survey was conducted to compare the attitudes of Urban Black males to females in areas associated with aggressive behavior. A self administered Questionnaire was designed to collect data. In this study, aggressive behavior was generally depicted as fighting with classmates. The subjects were thirty-two male and thirty-two female students attending XYZ Middle School in a Ward of New Orleans during the academic year 1990-91. The study subjects were generally between twelve and thirteen years old, in the seventh grade, had two other siblings, and chose Black as their ethnic identification. The data revealed that only a significant difference was found between Urban Black males and females in relationship to attitudes toward assertive behavior. Males were found to have been more assertive than females in their participation in the classroom. Further, aggressive males indicated a more positive attitude toward their teachers than females. The significance of these findings are that aggressive Urban Black males were generally depicted as better students than aggressive Urban Black females. Also, since the youths indicated that fighting was their primary means of aggressive behavior, programs such as assertiveness training and anger management could help them better deal with and express their feelings.

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