Social Aggression among Girls

Marion K. Underwood

April 9, 2003
ISBN 9781572308664
Price: $81.00
300 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
April 10, 2003
ISBN 9781572308657
Price: $36.00
300 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"

“This book covers a vast amount of research in an objective and thorough way. It provides the reader with an evidence-based overview of the developmental psychology of aggression in both boys and girls. As such, the book is a valuable text or reference for students of psychology, child development, education and mental health. Dr. Underwood explores methodologic and substantive issues in the research to an extent that would certainly stimulate questions for the most experienced researchers in the area. The book would also be of interest to practicing clinicians providing mental health care for children and women....An educational and thought provoking book.”

Archives of Women's Mental Health

“This book offers a thoughtful analysis of the nature and forms of girls' aggression, providing a broad, interdisciplinary review of the extant research. Among the book's many strengths are its developmental perspective, its attention to the context of peer relations, and its analysis of current conceptual frameworks for the study of gender differences and aggression. Underwood's work is comprehensive, coherent, thoughtful, and strongly scientific. She has an exceptional ability to look at established issues in a new and fresh way, and to examine both sides of theoretical debates from a balanced position. Unraveling the complexities of the topic and delineating a roadmap for future research, this book is a 'must' for university libraries and for those who study girls' development. Students will benefit as well from the author's careful consideration of methodological questions. The book is suitable as a text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses dealing with antisocial behavior, aggression, peer relations, and related issues.”

—Debra J. Pepler, PhD, LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Underwood's erudite work on girls' social aggression is an excellent blend of relevant theory, research, and practice. Especially pertinent to graduate students and professionals in the social sciences and education, the book's developmental research focus will resonate with all readers who desire a solid foundation on which to base their interventions.”

—Christopher A. Sink, PhD, NCC, LMHC, Department of School Counseling and Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

“Finally, a critically needed summary and analysis of empirical research on social aggression. This groundbreaking, accessible work can be used by teachers, school counselors, psychology students, and parents. Essential reading for anyone interested in girls' development. Bravo!”

—Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

Social Aggression among Girls demystifies and corrects the misconceptions we have about young girls and their aggressive behavior. Clearly written, well researched, and with useful clinical examples and implications, this is an important book.”

—Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, New York University Child Study Center

“A scholarly book that brings together a wide range of pertinent work....Underwood seeks to understand the roots of girls' social aggression, looking, for example, for connections with girls' earlier relationships with their parents....She cites evidence that points to their being especially upset by social exclusion or betrayal by a friend, and especially in need of being perceived by peers as accepted within a social group....We are given an excellent account of some of the features of the "culture" of girls' social groups....She gives us a detailed, qualitative picture of how social aggression is carried out among girls, and the changing functions it appears to serve at successive ages, as the nature of girls' friendships and cliques change. This is a refreshing perspective, and greatly adds to the depth of the book....A valuable feature of the book is its willingness to tackle the question of whether it might be justified to intervene with children and adolescents in an effort to reduce the incidence and harmful effects of social aggression. Underwood considers what kind of interventions might be effective and justified.”

—From the Foreword by Eleanor Maccoby, PhD