- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.