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.
* 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
Table of Contents
I. Setting The Stage
1. Girls' Anger and Aggression: The Bind between Feeling Angry and Being Nice
2. Childhood Aggression: Sticks and Stones and Social Exclusion
3. Gender and Peer Relations: Separate Worlds?
4. Girls' Anger in Infancy: Early Lessons That Anger Is Unwelcome
5. Girls' Anger and Aggression in Preschool: "If You Don't Do What I Say, I Won't Be Your Friend"
6. Middle Childhood: Gossip, Gossip, Evil Thing?
7. Adolescence: Girl Talk, Moral Negotiation, and Strategic Interactions to Inflict Social Harm
III. Clinical Implications
8. Developmental and Psychosocial Consequences of Girls' Aggression
9. Prevention and Intervention: Harnessing the Power of Sisterhood
10. New Models of Social Aggression: For Its Own Sake
"This book offers a thoughtful analysis of the nature and forms of girls' aggression, providing a broad, interdisciplinary review of the extant research. Among the book's many strengths are its developmental perspective, its attention to the context of peer relations, and its analysis of current conceptual frameworks for the study of gender differences and aggression....[Underwood] has an exceptional ability to look at established issues in a new and fresh way, and to examine both sides of theoretical debates from a balanced position. Unraveling the complexities of the topic and delineating a roadmap for future research, this book is a 'must' for university libraries and for those who study girls' development. Students will benefit as well from the author's careful consideration of methodological questions. The book is suitable as a text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses dealing with antisocial behavior, aggression, peer relations, and related issues."
-Debra J. Pepler, PhD, LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution, York University, Canada
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