Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, and Violence among Girls A Developmental Perspective

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  • Copyright: 2004-07-01
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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From leading interdisciplinary authorities, this book traces the development of female aggression and violence from early childhood through adulthood. Cutting-edge theoretical perspectives are interwoven with longitudinal data that elucidate the trajectories of aggressive girls' relationships with peers, later romantic partners, and with their own children. Key issues addressed include the predictors of both social and physical aggression at different points in the lifespan and the connections between being a victim and a perpetrator of harmful behavior. The book also examines the interplay of biological and sociocultural processes in shaping aggression in girls. Concluding commentaries integrate the ideas and findings presented into cogent recommendations for intervention, prevention, juvenile justice, and related research and policy initiatives.

Author Biography

Martha Putallaz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Duke University, where she joined the faculty in 1983. Dr. Putallaz is a long-standing researcher in the field of children's social development and peer relationships. Most recently, she has been Principal Investigator of a comprehensive study of aggression and social rejection among middle childhood girls, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She is also a codirector of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development and the executive director of Duke's Talent Identification Program.

Karen L. Bierman, PhD, is Director of the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium and Distinguished Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. Her research has focused on understanding how peer relationships contribute to children's social-emotional development, social competence, and school adjustment. Currently, she is the director of the Pennsylvania site of the Fast Track project, a national, multisite prevention trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, with additional funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Education. She is also coinvestigator of the newly funded PROSPER program, supported by NIDA, which involves the diffusion of empirically supported prevention programs to schools through the use of cooperative-extension-facilitated university-community partnerships.

Table of Contents

Part I. Setting the Stage: Understanding the Development of Gender Differences in Aggression and Antisocial Behavior
Aggression in the Context of Gender Development
Eleanor E. Maccoby
Biology--Behavior Integration and Antisocial Behavior in Girls
Elizabeth J. Susman
Kathleen Pajer
All Things Interpersonal: Socialization and Female Aggression
Carolyn Zahn-Waxler
Nicole Polanichka
Part II. Aggression and Victimization among Girls in Childhood
Relational Aggression in Early Childhood: ``You Can't Come to My Birthday Party Unless . . .''
Nicki R. Crick
Jamie M. Ostrov
Karen Appleyard
Elizabeth A. Jansen
Juan F. Casas
Girls Who Bully: A Developmental and Relational Perspective
Debra Pepler
Wendy Craig
Amy Yuile
Jennifer Connolly
A Behavioral Analysis of Girls' Aggression and Victimization
Martha Putallaz
Janis B. Kupersmidt
John D. Coie
Kate McKnight
Christina L. Grimes
Part III. Understanding Antisocial and Related Problem Behaviors in Adolescent Girls
Early Disruptive Behaviors Associated with Emerging Antisocial Behavior among Girls
Karen L. Bierman
Carole Bruschi
Celene Domitrovich
Grace Yan Fang
Shari Miller-Johnson
Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Sexually Abused Females
Penelope K. Trickett
Elana B. Gordis
A Long-Term Follow-Up of Serious Adolescent Female Offenders
Peggy C. Giordano
Stephen A. Cernkovich
Allen R. Lowery
Trends in Delinquent Girls' Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review of the Evidence
Meda Chesney-Lind
Joanne Belknap
Part IV. Girls as Perpetrators and Victims of Abusive and Conflictual Relationships: Adolescence and Adulthood
Women's Involvement in Aggression in Young Adult Romantic Relationships: A Developmental Systems Model
Deborah M. Capaldi
Hyoun K. Kim
Joann Wu Shortt
Parenting as an Important Outcome of Conduct Disorder in Girls
Mark Zoccolillo
Daniel Paquette
Rima Azar
Sylvana Cote
Richard Tremblay
When Aggressive Girls Become Mothers: Problems in Parenting, Health, and Development across Two Generations
Lisa A. Serbin
Dale M. Stack
Natacha De Genna
Naomi Grunzeweig
Caroline E. Temcheff
Alex E. Schwartzman
Jane Ledingham
Part V. Implications for Policy and Intervention
Future Directions and Priorities for Prevention and Intervention
Marion K. Underwood
John D. Coie
Public Policy and the ``Discovery'' of Girls' Aggressive Behavior
Kenneth A. Dodge
Index 313

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