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NCJ Number: 212488 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of a Program Designed to Reduce Relational Aggression in Middle School Girls
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:2005  Pages:63-76
Author(s): Cheryl Dellasega; Pamela Adamshick
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 14
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents results from an evaluative study of a relational aggression program designed to help middle school girls confront and cope with issues related to relational aggression (RA).
Abstract: Since the violence at Columbine, the issue of aggression in youth has been at the forefront of the Nation’s consciousness. Statistics on adolescent female violence show that the self-reported rate of violent acts by female adolescents is closing the gender gap. This article presents findings from a program evaluation of Club Ophelia which offered two middle schools serving a diverse population of girls during the 2003-2004 academic year a program designed to help them confront and cope with relational aggression (RA). The Girls Relationship Scale (GRS) was administered to assess the impact of the program on relationship skills of the participants. Study findings show that the everyday life of many middle school girls is profoundly influenced by the negative consequences of RA, whether it arrives face-to-face or online. However, after completing a program specifically targeted at RA, girls developed a sense of confidence about themselves, their friend-ability and what to do when hurt and where to go for help. Study limitations and implications are presented and discussed. References
Main Term(s): Adolescent females
Index Term(s): Aggression; Bullying; Females; Gender issues; Juvenile delinquency factors; Problem behavior; Program evaluation
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