Peer Rejection Developmental Processes and Intervention Strategies

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-08-05
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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Addressing the widespread and painful problem of chronic peer rejection, this book combines up-to-date research with practical strategies for school- and clinic-based intervention. An innovative developmental framework is presented for understanding why certain children face rejection, the peer group dynamics involved, and implications for social-emotional development and mental health. Strategies for assessing rejected children are discussed in detail, and guidelines are provided for implementing social competence coaching programs and other effective interventions. Illustrative case studies and interviews are featured throughout.

Author Biography

Karen L. Bierman, PhD, is currently Director of the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium (CYFC) at The Pennsylvania State University, where she is Distinguished Professor of Clinical Child Psychology. Her research has focused on understanding how peer relationships contribute to children's social-emotional development, social competence, and school adjustment. Dr. Bierman is particularly interested in the design and evaluation of programs that promote social competence and positive intergroup relations and that reduce aggression and violence. Currently, she is the director of the Pennsylvania site of the Fast Track Program, a national, multisite prevention trial focused on preventing antisocial behavior among high-risk youth, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (with additional funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Department of Education). She is also Coinvestigator of the newly funded PROSPER program, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which involves the diffusion of empirically supported prevention programs to schools through the use of cooperative extension-facilitated university/n-/community partnerships.

Table of Contents

Understanding Problematic Peer Relations
The Developmental Significance of Peer Relations
Characteristics of Rejected Children
Rejection Processes: The Role of Peers
Peer Relations and the Developing Self
Assessing Social Competence and Peer Relations
Assessment Goals and Strategies
Assessing Problematic Peer Relations
Assessing Social Behavior
Observing Peer Interactions
Assessing Self-system Processes
Intervention Methods
Approaches to Intervention
The Design of Social Competence Coaching Programs
Intervention Process and the Promotion of Self-system Change
Collateral Interventions for School and Home
Future Directions
Appendix: Description of Exemplar Session Activities
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