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Understanding and Addressing Girls’ Aggressive Behaviour Problems

A Focus on Relationships

Edited by Debra Pepler & H. Bruce Ferguson
Subjects Psychology
Series SickKids Community and Mental Health Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554588381, 230 pages, May 2013
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554588732, 230 pages, October 2013

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
Understanding and Addressing Girls' Aggressive Behviour Problems, edited by Debra J. Pepler and H. Bruce Ferguson

Introduction: A Focus on Relationships | Debra J. Pepler and H. Bruce Ferguson

1. Different Paths to Aggression for Girls and Boys | Dale F. Hay, Lisa Mundy, and Kathryn Hudson

2. Adult Health Outcomes of Girls with Anti-Social Behaviour Problems | Candice L. Odgers

3. Commentary: The Development of Girls' Aggression in Different Stages | M. Stouthamer-Loeber

4. Some Key Issues in the Early Development of Aggression in Girls | Rolf Loeber, Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, Alison E. Hipwell, Jeffrey D. Burke, and Deena R. Battista

5. Webs of Strength and Resistance: Hearing Aboriginal Adolescent Girls Telling Their Stories | Susan D. Dion

6. Commentary: The Role of Anger in Aggression | Wendy M. Craig

7. Using Evidence to Reduce the Bullying Behaviour Experienced by Girls | Donna Cross, Therese Shaw, Helen Monks, Stacey Waters, and Leanne Lester

8. Matching the Prevention of Interpersonal Aggression to Critical Developmental and Contextual Transitions in Middle School | Bonnie Leadbeater

9. Commentary: School-Based Interventions | Leena Augimeri and Margaret Walsh

10. Understanding Relational Aggression in Elementary School Girls: Implications for Intervention | Tina Daniels and Danielle Quigley

11. Reducing Risk of Adolescent Aggression and Violence: A Brief Attachment-Focused Treatment Program for Parents and Caregivers | Marlene M. Moretti and Ingrid Obsuth

12. Commentary: Common and Unique Intervention Targets for Girls' Aggression | Isabela Granic

Conclusion: The Capacity of Relationships and Capacity for Relationships | Debra Pepler and Bruce Ferguson



Understanding and Addressing Girls’ Aggressive Behaviour Problems reflects a major shift in understanding children’s aggressive-behaviour problems. Researchers used to study what went wrong with a troubled child and needed to be fixed; we now aim to understand what is going wrong in children’s relationships that might create, exacerbate, and maintain aggressive-behaviour problems in childhood and adolescence. In this volume, leading researchers in the aggression field examine how problems develop for boys and girls in relationships and how we can help children to develop healthy relationships.

Individual chapters explore biological and social contexts, including physical health and relationship problems that might underlie the development of aggressive behaviour problems. The impact of relationships on girls’ development is illustrated to be particularly important for Aboriginal girls. Contributors discuss prevention and intervention strategies that help aggressive children build the requisite skills and relationship capacities and also shift dynamics within critical social contexts, such as the family, peer group, classroom, and school.

The support of healthy development not only of children but of their parents and other important adults in their lives, including teachers has been shown to be effective in reducing the burden of suffering associated with aggression among children and adolescents—for youth themselves as well as their families, peers, schools, communities, and society.


``In this substantial addition to the literature, Pepler (York Univ. ) and Ferguson (Univ. of Toronto) provide a comprehensive examination of the relationship experiences and environmental factors that significantly affect female aggressive behavior. Discussing the origins of aggression and focusing attention on treatment and intervention programs, the contributors provide a clear, concise understanding of best practices in addressing this complex relationship. The discussion of identification of multiple pathways to aggression and the potential of persistence into adulthood will be especially valuable for practitioners. The attention to bullying underscores the currency of the volume and reveals its usefulness vis-a-vis relevant issues faced in American adolescent populations. As a bonus, the volume offers quantitative and qualitative data about female aggression. The qualitative data serve to provide an in-depth, rich understanding of girls' aggressive behaviours. Though offering primarily a psychological perspective, the book will also be valuable for those interested in criminology, since psychological explanations of female aggression are consistent with criminological perspectives. Summing Up: Highly recommended. ''

- T. Cottledge, Choice, January 2014