Date of Award

5-1-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work Policy Planning and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Sandra Foster

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to examine the effect of being homeless on aggression in preschool children. To attain this objective, thirty-one homeless four and five year old children living in Metro Atlanta shelters were compared to thirty-three four and five year old children who came from homes with low socioeconomic status and attended the Clark Atlanta University Head Start program. An explanatory research design was employed in this comparative analysis. The children’s aggression levels were examined through the use of an adapted Aggression Subscale taken from the Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist. This questionnaire was administered to care givers of these preschoolers during parenting meetings. The findings yielded from this study do not support the premise that there is a statistically significant difference in aggression between homeless and housed preschoolers.

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