Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. David O. Lyon

Second Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Third Advisor

Dr. William Redmon

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Alonzo Hannaford


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of say/do correspondence training in controlling aggressive behavior between children in play settings. Two experiments assessed the effects of children's verbal statements, to play in a friendly manner with others, on the incidence of aggressive behavior during actual play. The results of the first experiment indicated that, in most instances, the number of aggressive incidents decreased as a result of the correspondence training in all subjects except one where the effects of treatment are not clear.

In the second experiment, the incidents of aggressive behavior decreased during the intervention to less than half of the baseline level between all subjects. Experiment #2 compared correspondence training say/do with organized activity in controlling aggressive behavior between children. The results indicate that organized activities were more effective in controlling aggressive behavior than correspondence training.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access