Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, and Violence Among Girls: A Developmental Perspective

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Martha Putallaz, Karen L. Bierman
Guilford Press, Jul 19, 2005 - Psychology - 322 pages
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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Contents

BiologyBehavior Integration and Antisocial Behavior in Girls
23
Socialization and Female Aggression
48
Aggression and Victimization
69
A Developmental and Relational Perspective
90
A Behavioral Analysis of Girls Aggression and Victimization
110
Early Disruptive Behaviors Associated with Emerging
137
Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Sexually
162
A LongTerm FollowUp of Serious Adolescent
186
Trends in Delinquent Girls Aggression
203
Girls as Perpetrators and Victims
221
Parenting as an Important Outcome
242
Future Directions and Priorities
289
Public Policy and the Discovery
302
Index
313
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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 Director of the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium and Distinguished Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. Her research has focused on understanding how peer relationships contribute to children's social-emotional development, social competence, and school adjustment. Currently, she is the director of the Pennsylvania site of the Fast Track project, a national, multisite prevention trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, with additional funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Education. She is also coinvestigator of the newly funded PROSPER program, supported by NIDA, which involves the diffusion of empirically supported prevention programs to schools through the use of cooperative-extension-facilitated university-community partnerships.

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