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Date of Award
Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Esther A. Cohen
First Committee Member
Kenneth L. Beauchamp
Second Committee Member
Martin T. Gipson
Third Committee Member
Roger C. Katz
This study examined the effects of teaching nurturance to preschool-aged boys on their aggressive, nurturant, and prosocial behavior. The subjects were four 4-year-old boys enrolled in a Head Start Program. Teachers identified two of the boys as aggressive and two as typical of their peers in aggressive behavior. The intervention, nurturing doll play, was introduced in a multiple baseline across subjects design. The boys were observed for aggressive, nurturant, and prosocial behavior during observational play sessions and in natural play settings. Results did not provide clear evidence that the intervention decreased aggression or increased nurturance or prosocial behavior in all 4 boys. However, after treatment was implemented, 2 boys showed a slight decrease in aggression, I boy showed an increase in nurturance, and 3 boys exhibited a small increase in prosocial behavior.
Blahnik Lowe, Lori. (1990). The effects of nurturing doll play on aggression in young boys. University of the Pacific, Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/2206
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