"A useful tool for school counselors that outlines the root causes of girl bullying. It provides examples of ways to assess relational aggression in schools, as well as possible interventions."
—Jennifer Betters, School Counselor
Sugar Creek Elementary School, Verona, WI
"This is a well-researched book that integrates theory and research with applications."
—Carol Dahir, Associate Professor of Counselor Education
New York Institute of Technology
Break the cycle of social and relational aggression between girls!
Girl bullying—also known as relational aggression—is a very real and pervasive problem in today's schools, and studies indicate that bullying between girls can be more covert than between boys, thus making it more difficult for school professionals to detect and address.
Primarily written for school counselors, this book covers the causes and characteristics of relational and social aggression and outlines methods for assessment, prevention, and intervention. The authors answer questions about what girl bullying is, why it happens, what it looks like, how to measure it, and what educators can do to help girls with these issues. The book provides:
- School-based interventions to help students learn alternative, healthy ways of managing conflict
- Sample forms and checklists for documenting and addressing incidents of girl bullying
- An original 10-session curriculum for small groups
- Information on classroom dynamics, bullying, and cyberbullying
- Specific suggestions for working with parents and teachers
Understanding Girl Bullying and What to Do About It helps professionals heal the divide between girls by giving them the tools to work through their problems thoughtfully and constructively.
|Definitions of Relational and Social Aggression|
|Why Use Relational and Social Aggression?|
|Systemic (Social and Cultural) Influences|
|Social Learning Theory|
|What Does It Feel Like to Be in a Relationally and Socially Aggressive Climate?|
|Rules of Engagement|
|Questionnaires and Surveys|
|Teacher Rating Scales and Reports|
|Ethical Considerations in Assessment|
|Factors in Selecting Interventions|
|Primary Prevention Programs: Support for Child Development|
|Secondary Intervention Programs: Schoolwide Support|
|Tertiary Prevention Programs: Targeted Interventions for Students|
|Working With Parents of Relationally Aggressive Girls|
|Using Enactments With Parents of Relationally Aggressive Girls|
|Working with Parents of Relationally Victimized Girls|
|Using Enactments with Parents of Relationally Victimized Girls|
|Consulting With Teachers|
|Consulting With Teachers in Working With Girls Who Use Relational Aggression|
|Consulting With Teachers in Helping Relationally Victimized Girls|
|Using Group Counseling With Victims and Perpetrators|
|The Goodwill Girls Small-Group Curriculum|