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When a child becomes aggressive

Zakaria, Rozanizam (2022) When a child becomes aggressive. The Health, 5 (43). p. 18. ISSN 2600-9188

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Sad, furious and puzzling at the same time - this is a common reaction we get every time we encounter news regarding violence behaviour among children and adolescents, just like what happened to Adam. Bully, gang rape, physical aggression and many other unwanted behaviours still tragically occur within schools, home and community involving minors. Even though children are not commonly associated with this kind of act, the presence of these issues nevertheless should not be ignored.  According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), the number of children involved in crime in 2020 has increased by 10.5 per cent to 5,342 cases as compared to the previous year (4,833 cases). First offence increased by 15.7 percent to 4,916 cases while repeated offences recorded a decrease of 27.2 per cent to 426 cases as compared to previous year. According to the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation, various forms of bullying affect 84% of children under 18. Bullying took many types including cyberbullying and, in some cases, physical violence that led to severe injuries and even death. It can be difficult and challenging to assess children's hostility and violence. In contrast to being a diagnosis in and of itself, aggression is a symptom of complicated underlying causes. In some circumstances, such as a child's response to threats in their daily lives, aggression can be adaptive. However, the problem must be handled holistically when aggression develops into a maladaptive and persistent behaviour that puts the kid and others in danger. This includes a professional evaluation to make sure there are no undiagnosed psychiatric issues that might have influenced the issue. For instance, a study conducted in 2002 by Teplin and colleagues found that up to 70% of young offenders have at least one psychiatric diagnosis.

Item Type: Article (Magazine)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental Health, Child, Agression
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF712 Developmental psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Kulliyyah of Medicine
Depositing User: Dr Rozanizam Zakaria
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2022 17:14
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 17:14
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/101619

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