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2019, vol. 52, iss. 3, pp. 235-247
Self-reported aggressive and antisocial behaviors in Moroccan high school students
aAbdelmalek Essaadi University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, Tetouan, Morocco
bUniversity West, Department of Health Sciences, Trollhättan, Sweden
Keywords: adolescents; aggression; antisocial behaviors; abuse; gender; parental alcohol use
The aims of the present study were to map the level and distribution of aggressive and antisocial behaviors in a sample of Moroccan high school students and to define the level of these behaviors in adolescents who reported parental alcohol use problems and/or experienced abuse. In total, 375 high school students completed the "Mental and Somatic Health without borders (MeSHe)" survey that includes the Life History of Aggression scale. Male students had significantly higher scores for aggression and antisocial behaviors than female. The students who reported experience of abuse or parental alcohol use problems scored significantly higher for aggression, self-directed aggression, and antisocial behaviors compared to students not reporting these negative psychosocial factors. Previously shown gender-specific patterns in aggressive and antisocial behaviors, but not in self-harm behaviors were confirmed in these Moroccan high school students. Reported experience of abuse and/or parental alcohol use problems were associated with increased frequency of aggressive and antisocial behaviors.
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article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.2298/PSI181225001Z
published in SCIndeks: 20/09/2019
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