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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Using Relationships as Weapons: An Analysis of Relational Aggression in Girls

This paper examines the causes of an increase in prevalence of relational aggression among girls and how it can be reduced. Different from physical aggression, relational aggression involves an intent to harm others through behaviors that manipulate and damage peer relationships. Often covert in nature, relational aggression is significantly associated with social-psychological adjustment problems and can lead to higher incidences of psychopathology in girls. Research shows that girls are significantly more relationally aggressive than boys. The ways that girls process social information and how they choose to respond in interpreting social situations will often dictate their chosen method of coping. The topic of relational aggression is beneficial to anyone who works with children and those who aspire to become teachers, counselors or psychologists.

Presenter: Courtney Wink (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 10:15 am (Session I)