Cat fit and bull fight: Assessment of aggression in medical students as a prelude to conduct violence in future
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Keywords

Actuarial assessment; Bush and Perry Aggression Questionnaire; Medical students; Violence

How to Cite

Acharya, J., Lama, G., Acharya, J., Manandhar, N., & Pant, A. (2020). Cat fit and bull fight: Assessment of aggression in medical students as a prelude to conduct violence in future. Journal of Kathmandu Medical College, 8(4), 178-182. Retrieved from https://jkmc.com.np/ojs/index.php/journal/article/view/930

Abstract

Background: The intensity of aggression present in any person determines his/her threat to conduct violent and impulsive act against members of the society or else family, friends or foes, which necessitates a crucial analytical instrument for identification of such behaviour in smaller groups of societies.

Objectives: To assess a group of medical students from Kathmandu, Nepal for potential risk they bear to conduct violence in future medical practice.

Methodology: A self-administered pre-validated Bush and Perry Aggression Questionnaire was used in this descriptive cross-sectional study to analyse emotional and cognitive component among 235 medical students of Nepal between February and May 2019. A Likert-type bipolar scale was used for response format ranging from one (extremely uncharacteristic) to five (extremely characteristic). Questionnaire explored four factors: physical aggression, verbal aggression, anger and hostility. Mean scores of aggression were computed and compared with gender and level of education by conducting independent t-test with level of significance at 0.05.

Results: The mean scores were 20.73± 6.33, 13.97± 3.87, 18.79± 5.20 and 20.17±6.68, for physical aggression, verbal aggression, anger and hostility respectively. Males had higher score of physical aggression statistically significant at p<0.05. The mean Bush and Aggression Perry Questionnaire score was calculated to be 71.66± 15.71, but insignificant (p>0.05) when compared between sexes, and level of education (second semester and seventh semester students).

Conclusion: Male medical students were more prone to hostility and physical aggression than female students who were more liable (statistically insignificant) to verbal aggression and anger.

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