Social Aggression Among Girls

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Guilford Press, Apr 10, 2003 - Psychology - 300 pages
While several recent popular books address the topic of girls' "meanness" to one another, this volume offers the first balanced, scholarly analysis of scientific knowledge in this area. Integrating current research on emotion regulation, gender, and peer relations, the book examines how girls are socialized to experience and express anger and aggression from infancy through adolescence. Considered are the developmental functions of such behaviors as gossip, friendship manipulation, and social exclusion; consequences for both victims and perpetrators; and approaches to intervention and prevention. Presenting innovative research models and methods, this is an accessible and much-needed synthesis for researchers, professionals, and students. Key Features: * Hot topic, garnering coverage in general media (e.g., The New York Times Magazine) * Accessibly written, with examples clarifying abstract points * Covers and integrates both physical and social aggression
 

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Contents

The Bind between Feeling Angry
3
Overview of This Book
9
Separate Worlds?
35
Early Lessons That Anger
57
Summary and Conclusions
63
Gossip Gossip Evil Thing?
93
Girl Talk Moral Negotiation and Strategic
134
Origins and Explanations for Adolescent Girls Anger
153
Developmental and Psychosocial Consequences
181
Harnessing the Power
208
Adapting Other Approaches
214
Clues from
220
Challenges for Intervening to Reduce or Prevent
227
References
253
Index
291
Copyright

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Marion K. Underwood, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Human Development at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her work has been published in numerous scientific journals, and her research program has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health since 1995. She received the 2001 Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

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