COOPERATIVE GAMES: A WAY TO MODIFY AGGRESSIVE AND COOPERATIVE BEHAVIORS IN YOUNG CHILDREN

by Victoria Jesswein last modified 2020-08-30T08:26:55-07:00
APRIL K. BAY-HINITZ, ROBERT F. PETERSON, AND H. ROBERT QUILITCH UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO We investigated the effects of competitive and cooperative games on aggressive and cooperative behaviors of 70 children (4 to 5 years old) from four classes in three preschools. The experimental design included both multiple baseline and reversal components. Behaviors were measured during game conditions and in subsequent free-play periods. Results showed that cooperative behavior increased and aggression decreased during cooperative games; conversely, competitive games were followed by increases in aggressive behavior and decreases in cooperative behavior. Similar effects were also found during free-play periods. DESCRIPTORS: cooperative games, preschool children, aggressive behavior, competition, generalization

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