An aggressive child has stages of frustration which could lead to aggression. These stages of frustration are: anxiety, stress, defensiveness, physical aggression, and tension reduction


Anxiety frustration is when the student sighs or uses nonverbal cues. For example, a student could put head on desk or cross arms.

Stress frustration is when the student shows minor behavior problems. For example, the student could yell to the teacher, “I am not doing that; that is stupid.”

Defensiveness is when the student argues and complains. An example of defensiveness is the child/student simply saying, “You are so stupid, and so is the work you are giving.”

Physical is when the student may lose control and hit or throw objects. For instance, the child may throw notebook across the classroom or  hit the wall or table.

Tension reduction is when the student cries or talks to prevent frustration or when the student becomes withdrawn. For instance, a child sitting in the corner not really talking to anyone or a child who cries continuously.


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