Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, and Violence among Girls: A Developmental Perspective

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From leading authorities, this book traces the development of female aggression and violence from early childhood through adulthood. Cutting-edge theoretical perspectives are interwoven with longitudinal data that elucidate the trajectories of aggressive girls' relationships with peers, later romantic partners, and with their own children. Key issues addressed include the predictors of social and physical aggression at different points in the lifespan, connections between being a victim and a perpetrator, and the interplay of biological and sociocultural processes in shaping aggression in girls. Concluding commentaries address intervention, prevention, juvenile justice, and related research and policy initiatives.

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"This book is an essential reference for any behavioral scientist interested in sex differences. The topics addressed are hugely provocative, from the first question--'Why do groups of little boys and girls socially construct different subcultures for themselves?'--to the last--'What should policy makers do, now that they've discovered girls' aggression?' I wrote a book on this subject myself only 3 years ago, but this one is so full of new information that I learned a lot from it."--Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD, Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK

"You can't solve a problem if you don't know one exists. This book brings girls' aggression out of the shadows and into the limelight, and offers solutions to guide prevention, intervention, and public policy decisions. Scholars and students in a wide range of disciplines--developmental and clinical psychology, social work, education, sociology, and criminology--should read this book."--Ross D. Parke, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

"I found this volume essential reading. It provides key new knowledge on the development, biological and social causes, and consequences of girls’ aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence. Chapters by top-ranking experts with years of experience in the field, a number of whom base their results on longitudinal studies, make this volume highly informative for scholars, graduate students, and practitioners. I particularly liked the thoughtful consideration of directions and priorities for intervening to improve the lives of girls in current and future generations."--Rolf Loeber, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

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"Girls' studies scholars and youth practitioners can gain from the wealth of data and diverse perspectives this work presents."--Feminist Collections

"This book has much to offer both newcomers and experts, as well as practitioners, policymakers, and researchers interested in aggression and antisocial behavior among girls. The chapters present innovative research in a manner that is both accessible and readable while maintaining a high level of insightfulness on par with other volumes on this topic. The empirically supported conclusions and recommendations for intervention and policy do much to shed light on the critical role of gender in the development of aggressive and antisocial behavior."--PsycCRITIQUES
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Martha Putallaz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Duke University, where she joined the faculty in 1983. Dr. Putallaz is a long-standing researcher in the field of children's social development and peer relationships. Most recently, she has been Principal Investigator of a comprehensive study of aggression and social rejection among middle childhood girls, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is also a codirector of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development and the executive director of Duke's Talent Identification Program.

Karen L. Bierman, PhD, is Director of the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium and Distinguished Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. Her research has focused on understanding how peer relationships contribute to children's social-emotional development, social competence, and school adjustment. Currently, she is the director of the Pennsylvania site of the Fast Track project, a national, multisite prevention trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, with additional funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Education. She is also coinvestigator of the newly funded PROSPER program, supported by NIDA, which involves the diffusion of empirically supported prevention programs to schools through the use of cooperative-extension-facilitated university-community partnerships.

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Table of Contents

I. Setting the Stage: Understanding the Development of Gender Differences in Aggression and Antisocial Behavior
1. Aggression in the Context of Gender Development, Eleanor E. Maccoby
2. Biology-Behavior Integration and Antisocial Behavior in Girls, Elizabeth J. Susman and Kathleen Pajer
3. All Things Interpersonal: Socialization and Female Aggression, Carolyn Zahn-Waxler and Nicole Polanichka
II. Aggression and Victimization among Girls in Childhood
4. Relational Aggression in Early Childhood: "You Can't Come to My Birthday Party Unless...", Nicki R. Crick, Jamie M. Ostrov, Karen Appleyard, Elizabeth A. Jansen, and Juan F. Casas
5. Girls Who Bully: A Developmental and Relational Perspective, Debra Pepler, Wendy Craig, Amy Yuile, and Jennifer Connolly
6. A Behavior Analysis of Girls' Aggression and Victimization, Martha Putallaz, Janis B. Kupersmidt, John D. Coie, Kate McKnight, and Christina L. Grimes
III. Understanding Antisocial and Related Problem Behaviors in Adolescent Girls
7. Early Disruptive Behaviors Associated with Emerging Antisocial Behavior among Girls, Karen L. Bierman, Carole Bruschi, Celene Domitrovich, Grace Yan Fang, Shari Miller-Johnson, and the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group
8. Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Sexually Abused Females, Penelope K. Trickett and Elana B. Gordis
9. A Long-Term Follow-Up of Serious Adolescent Female Offenders, Peggy C. Giordano, Stephen A. Cernkovich, and Allen R. Lowery
10. Trends in Delinquent Girls' Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review of the Evidence, Meda Chesney-Lind and Joanne Belknap
IV. Girls as Perpetrators and Victims of Abusive and Conflictual Relationships: Adolescence and Adulthood
11. Women's Involvement in Aggression in Young Adult Romantic Relationships: A Developmental Systems Model, Deborah M. Capaldi, Hyoun K. Kim, and Joann Wu Shortt
12. Parenting as an Important Outcome of Conduct Disorder in Girls, Mark Zoccolillo, Daniel Paquette, Rima Azar, Sylvana Côté, and Richard Tremblay
13. When Aggressive Girls Become Mothers: Problems in Parenting, Health, and Development across Two Generations, Lisa A. Serbin, Dale M. Stack, Natacha De Genna, Naomi Grunzeweig, Caroline E. Temcheff, Alex E. Schwartzman, and Jane Ledingham
V. Implications for Policy and Prevention
Commentary 1: Future Directions and Priorities for Prevention and Intervention, Marion K. Underwood and John D. Coie
Commentary 2: Public Policy and the "Discovery" of Girls' Aggressive Behavior, Kenneth A. Dodge
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