Problem Social Behaviors
Some children have trouble getting along with others. Parents of 6- to 17-year-olds were asked if their children had never, rarely, sometimes, usually, or always exhibited each of the following behaviors in the past month: arguing too much; bullying or being cruel or mean to others; being disobedient; and being stubborn, sullen, or irritable. Overall, 8.8 percent of children aged 6-17 years were reported to usually or always exhibit two or more of these problem behaviors.
The percentage of children exhibiting problem social behaviors was similar across locations, ranging from 8.6 percent of children in small rural areas to 10.0 percent of children in large rural areas.
In all locations, older children (aged 12-17) were more likely than younger children to display problem behaviors. The percentage of children aged 6-11 exhibiting problem behaviors ranged from 6.9 percent in small rural areas to 8.5 percent in urban areas. The percentage of adolescents displaying problem behaviors ranged from 9.0 percent in urban areas to 11.6 percent in large rural areas.
In both urban and small rural areas, girls were more likely than boys to display problem social behaviors; 9.3 percent of girls did so in both locations, compared to 8.2 percent of boys in urban areas and 8.0 percent of boys in small rural areas. In large rural areas, 10.5 percent of boys displayed problem behaviors, compared to 9.6 percent of girls.