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From leading 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, with later romantic partners, and with their own children. Key issues addressed include the predictors of social and physical aggression at different points in the lifespan, connections between being a victim and a perpetrator, and the interplay of biological and sociocultural processes in shaping aggression in girls. Concluding commentaries address intervention, prevention, juvenile justice, and related research and policy initiatives.
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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 Evan Pugh University Professor, Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, and Director of the Child Study Center at Pennsylvania State University. Since the 1980s, her research has focused on social-emotional development and children at risk, with an emphasis on the design and evaluation of school-based programs that promote social competence, school readiness, and positive peer relations, and that reduce aggression and related behavior problems. Currently, she directs the Research-based Developmentally Informed (REDI) classroom and home visiting programs, developed in partnership with Head Start programs in Pennsylvania. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Bierman also directs a predoctoral training program in the interdisciplinary educational sciences. Dr. Bierman has served as an educational advisor to organizations including Head Start and Sesame Workshop.
"This book is an essential reference for any behavioral scientist interested in sex differences. The topics addressed are hugely provocative, from the first question--'Why do groups of little boys and girls socially construct different subcultures for themselves?'--to the last--'What should policy makers do, now that they've discovered girls' aggression?' I wrote a book on this subject myself only 3 years ago, but this one is so full of new information that I learned a lot from it."--Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD, Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK
"You can't solve a problem if you don't know one exists. This book brings girls' aggression out of the shadows and into the limelight, and offers solutions to guide prevention, intervention, and public policy decisions. Scholars and students in a wide range of disciplines--developmental and clinical psychology, social work, education, sociology, and criminology--should read this book."--Ross D. Parke, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
"I found this volume essential reading. It provides key new knowledge on the development, biological and social causes, and consequences of girls’ aggression, antisocial behavior, and violence. Chapters by top-ranking experts with years of experience in the field, a number of whom base their results on longitudinal studies, make this volume highly informative for scholars, graduate students, and practitioners. I particularly liked the thoughtful consideration of directions and priorities for intervening to improve the lives of girls in current and future generations."--Rolf Loeber, PhD, Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
"Girls' studies scholars and youth practitioners can gain from the wealth of data and diverse perspectives this work presents.", Feminist Collections Published On: 2005-07-21
"This book has much to offer both newcomers and experts, as well as practitioners, policymakers, and researchers interested in aggression and antisocial behavior among girls. The chapters present innovative research in a manner that is both accessible and readable while maintaining a high level of insightfulness on par with other volumes on this topic. The empirically supported conclusions and recommendations for intervention and policy do much to shed light on the critical role of gender in the development of aggressive and antisocial behavior.", PsycCRITIQUES Published On: 2005-07-21
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