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NCJ Number: 204962 
Title: Science of Relational Aggression: Can We Guide Intervention? (From Girls and Aggression: Contributing Factors and Intervention Principles, P 27-40, 2004, Marlene M. Moretti, Candice L. Odgers, and Margaret A. Jackson, eds. -- See NCJ-204960)
Author(s): Tasha C. Geiger; Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck; Nicki R. Crick
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews research findings pertinent to intervention that can change and/or prevent habitual aggression in interactions with others.
Abstract: It focuses first on the definition and characteristics of relational, social, and indirect forms of aggression. The discussion considers differing opinions about what is a normal level of aggression and hostility in social interactions and behavior and reactions that rise to the level of problem behavior that warrants intervention. Such assessments should consider what is normal according to gender and age. Problematic passive forms of aggression are considered along with its overt forms. The chapter also considers whether intervention for aggressive behaviors in interactions with others is necessary. The controversy about intervention centers on assessments of the nature, prevalence, and actual harms caused by aggression in interactions with others. The chapter reviews studies of the correlates and potential contributing factors to nonphysical forms of aggression. The concluding topic pertains to whether there is a research base on which to develop interventions for relational aggression that can reduce problem behaviors or at least do no harm to the client. The authors advise that currently it would be most productive to expand existing well-designed, school-based interventions for bullying and physical aggression while including attention to relational aggression. Future evaluation of these programs should include an assessment of relational aggression (e.g., attitudes, intended behaviors, and actual behaviors). 42 references
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Aggression; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Social conditions; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent females
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