n Gender and Behaviour - Sex differences in the manifestation of aggression on internally displaced Nigerian children

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1596-9231



The study was carried out to determine the role played by sex differences in the manifestation of aggression among the internally displaced male and female children. Participants (N=445) aged 10-15 years and drawn from two communities in Nasarawa State, Nigeria, namely, Bassa and Igbirra, were involved in the study. Aggression in children was measured by a 19-item questionnaire developed by the researchers to test the hypothesis that there will be no statistically significant difference in the manifestation of aggression between internally displaced male children and their female counterparts. A 3-way between groups ANOVA was used to establish the differences. Results indicate that Nigerian children did not show significant difference in their manifestation of aggression based on gender. t=0.74, df=443, p=.46 The findings seem to suggest that armed conflict and its consequences, like internal displacement is a threat to children's general well-being because of the disruption of the environment in which they are socialized. The unfavourable conditions which children are subjected to irrespective of their sex make sexual affiliation not very relevant in the way children react to situations.

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