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NCJ Number: 229584 Find in a Library
Title: Peer Victimization Among Urban, Predominantly African American Youth: Coping With Relational Aggression Between Friends
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:January-March 2010  Pages:98-116
Author(s): Tracy Evian Waasdorp; Aparna Bagdi; Catherine P. Bradshaw
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr's for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA 30333
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: K01CE001333-01;T32 MH18834
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using data from a sample of 126 urban, low-income predominantly African-American children this article examines children's beliefs concerning relational aggression and their use of coping strategies when faced with relational aggression in their close friendships.
Abstract: Although there is a growing body of research documenting the deleterious effect of experiencing relational aggression, few studies have explored how children cope with relational aggression, especially when it occurs between close friends. Moreover, relational aggression is understudied among urban African-American children. Findings suggested that relational aggression was perceived to be prevalent and harmful by both the boys and the girls. Both boys and girls reported they would use ruminative/avoidance coping strategies when experiencing relational aggression in a close friendship. Implications for future research and the development of gender-sensitive prevention programs are discussed. 3 tables and 67 references (Published abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Aggression; Black/African Americans; Conflict resolution; Coping; Peer influences on behavior
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