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Understanding Girl Bullying and What to Do About It
Strategies to Help Heal the Divide



March 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin

"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.


 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Understanding Relational and Social Aggression
Definitions of Relational and Social Aggression  
Cyberbullying  
Why Use Relational and Social Aggression?  
Evolutionary Psychology  
Systemic (Social and Cultural) Influences  
Social Learning Theory  
Developmental Perspective  
What Does It Feel Like to Be in a Relationally and Socially Aggressive Climate?  
Rules of Engagement  
Conclusion  
 
2. Measuring Relational and Social Aggression
Sociometric Procedures  
Questionnaires and Surveys  
Teacher Rating Scales and Reports  
Parent Reports  
Student Self-Reports  
Interview Strategies  
Focus Groups  
Observations  
Ethical Considerations in Assessment  
Conclusion  
 
3. School-Based Interventions
Factors in Selecting Interventions  
Primary Prevention Programs: Support for Child Development  
Secondary Intervention Programs: Schoolwide Support  
Tertiary Prevention Programs: Targeted Interventions for Students  
Conclusion  
 
4. Strategies for Working With Parents and Teachers
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  
Conclusion  
 
5. Goodwill Girls: A Small-Group Curriculum
Using Group Counseling With Victims and Perpetrators  
The Goodwill Girls Small-Group Curriculum  
Conclusion  
 
Appendix: Handouts for Goodwill Girls Small-Group Curriculum
 
References
 
Index

“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 book fills a major void in the literature and serves as a great resource for educators, mental health professionals, and parents.”

James L. Moore III, Associate Professor of Counselor Education
The Ohio State University

“This book will unquestionably help counselors do better work.”

Philip Kavanagh, Guidance Director
Lakeland Central School District, Shrub Oak, NY

“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

"This book provides useful definitions, examples, and suggestions--as well as ready-to-use surveys and small-group curriculum--making it a useful tool for a school social worker. "

Lynn R. Zakeri, School Counselor
School Social Work Journal, March 2011, Vol. 35, No. 2
Key features
  • Bullying, particularly bullying in girls, is a hot topic, as evidenced by all of the recent publications and media attention given to this social problem
  • Includes an original curriculum that the authors have piloted with middle school students that was developed to prevent bullying before it starts
  • Appeals to a variety of audiences, including teachers, administrators, counselors, and school psychologists
  • Includes a discussion on cyberbullying

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ISBN: 9781412964883
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