Social Aggression among Girls / Edition 1

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Overview

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 a much-needed synthesis for researchers, professionals, and students.
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes anger and aggression among girls in an attempt to dispel the commonly held myth that aggression is an issue for only men and boys. The author describes both direct and indirect forms of aggression.
Purpose: According to the author, "this book examines how girls experience and express anger and aggression in their peer relationships from infancy through adolescence. This book integrates research on emotion regulation, aggression, gender, and peer relations to describe the forms and functions of girls' anger and aggression, developmental origins and consequences associated with girls' anger and aggression, and whether intervention is possible or desirable to reduce social aggression among girls." The book meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: According to the publisher, "...this is a much needed synthesis for researchers, professionals, and students." The author does not say for whom the book is written, but. both practitioners and students can greatly benefit from this book. The author is a credible authority.
Features: The book covers basic definitions and theory, developmental issues (how anger is expressed in preschool, middle childhood, and adolescence), and clinical implications. The book is good because it is easy to read, has many examples, and integrates current research. It describes indirect aggression, social aggression, and relational aggression. It covers the topic quite well, comparing boys with girls at different ages.
Assessment: I really enjoyed this book. It covers a topic that is not talked about much in the professional realm. The author does a nice job of describing the development of anger through the different stages of childhood. It is a practical book that provides ideas for prevention and intervention.
From the Publisher

"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's work is comprehensive, coherent, thoughtful, and strongly scientific. She 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, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Underwood's erudite work on girls' social aggression is an excellent blend of relevant theory, research, and practice. Especially pertinent to graduate students and professionals in the social sciences and education, the book's developmental research focus will resonate with all readers who desire a solid foundation on which to base their interventions."--Christopher A. Sink, PhD, NCC, LMHC, Department of School Counseling and Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

"Finally, a critically needed summary and analysis of empirical research on social aggression. This groundbreaking, accessible work can be used by teachers, school counselors, psychology students, and parents. Essential reading for anyone interested in girls' development. Bravo!"--Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

"Social Aggression among Girls demystifies and corrects the misconceptions we have about young girls and their aggressive behavior. Clearly written, well researched, and with useful clinical examples and implications, this is an important book."--Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, New York University Child Study Center

"A scholarly book that brings together a wide range of pertinent work....Underwood seeks to understand the roots of girls' social aggression, looking, for example, for connections with girls' earlier relationships with their parents....She cites evidence that points to their being especially upset by social exclusion or betrayal by a friend, and especially in need of being perceived by peers as accepted within a social group....We are given an excellent account of some of the features of the "culture" of girls' social groups....She gives us a detailed, qualitative picture of how social aggression is carried out among girls, and the changing functions it appears to serve at successive ages, as the nature of girls' friendships and cliques change. This is a refreshing perspective, and greatly adds to the depth of the book....A valuable feature of the book is its willingness to tackle the question of whether it might be justified to intervene with children and adolescents in an effort to reduce the incidence and harmful effects of social aggression. Underwood considers what kind of interventions might be effective and justified."--From the Foreword by Eleanor Maccoby, PhD

Archives of Women's Mental Health

"This book covers a vast amount of research in an objective and thorough way. It provides the reader with an evidence-based overview of the developmental psychology of aggression in both boys and girls. As such, the book is a valuable text or reference for students of psychology, child development, education and mental health. Dr. Underwood explores methodologic and substantive issues in the research to an extent that would certainly stimulate questions for the most experienced researchers in the area. The book would also be of interest to practicing clinicians providing mental health care for children and women....An educational and thought provoking book."--Archives of Women's Mental Health

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

Meet the Author


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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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?

II. Development
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 for Social Aggression: For Its Own SakeI. 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?

II. Development
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 for Social Aggression: For Its Own Sake
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Table of Contents

1 Girls' Anger and Aggression: The Bind between Feeling Angry and Being Nice 3
2 Childhood Aggression: Sticks and Stones and Social Exclusion 13
3 Gender and Peer Relations: Separate Worlds? 35
4 Girls' Anger in Infancy: Early Lessons That Anger Is Unwelcome 57
5 Girls' Anger and Aggression in Preschool: "If You Don't Do What I Say, I Won't Be Your Friend" 65
6 Middle Childhood: Gossip, Gossip, Evil Thing? 93
7 Adolescence: Girl Talk, Moral Negotiation, and Strategic Interactions to Inflict Social Harm 134
8 Developmental and Psychosocial Consequences of Girls' Aggression 181
9 Prevention and Intervention: Harnessing the Power of Sisterhood 208
10 New Models of Social Aggression: For Its Own Sake 231
References 253
Index 291
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Right On the Money

    This book is just like I have lived it in schools for years, I have always counsel girl and this book is right on the money with its fact on how it start and it. I will always recommend this book.

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