Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Sandra S. Stroebel

Second Advisor

Stephen O’Keefe

Third Advisor

R. Vernon Haning


The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of divorce on children in regard to aggression. Specifically, the roles of age and gender in relation to the amount and type of aggression the children displayed were examined. The Aggression Questionnaire was administered to a nonclinical sample of 35 children ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old. The subjects consisted of a divorce and nondivorce group of 17 boys and 18 girls each. All subjects attended elementary school in middle-class Charleston, WV and/or Lanesville, IN. All subjects were tested individually using the Aggression Questionnaire. Subjects included age, gender, and parental marital status on each questionnaire. There was no significant effect of divorce on any measure of aggression. Girls had significantly higher hostility scores than boys after adjusting for divorce and age, but there were no between-sex differences in any other measure.


Children of divorced parents.

Aggressiveness in children.