The Development of Relational Aggression

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Sarah M. Coyne, Jamie M. Ostrov
Oxford University Press, Apr 24, 2018 - Psychology - 352 pages
Research over the last few decades has revealed that individuals use a variety of mechanisms to hurt one another, many of which are not physical in nature. In this volume, editors Sarah M. Coyne and Jamie M. Ostrov turn their focus on relational aggression, behavior that is intended to cause harm to another individual's relationships or social standing in the group (e.g., gossiping, social exclusion, and spreading malicious rumors). Unlike physical aggression, the scars of relational aggression are more difficult to detect. However, victims (and their aggressors) may experience strong and long-lasting consequences, including reduced self-esteem, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and more. Over the past 25 years, there has been a growing body of literature on relational aggression and other non-physical forms of aggression that have focused predominantly on gender differences, development, and risk and protective factors. In this volume, the focus turns to the development of relational aggression during childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. Here, Coyne, Ostrov, and their contributing authors examine a number of risk factors and socializing agents or models (e.g., parenting, peers, media, the classroom) that lead to the development of relational aggression over time. An understanding of how these behaviors develop will inform readers of important intervention strategies to curb the use of relational aggression in schools, peer groups, and in family relationships. The Development of Relational Aggression provides scholars, researchers, practitioners, students, and parents with an extensive resource that will help move the field forward in our understanding of the development of relational aggression for the future.

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About the Editors
An Introduction
DefinitionsThe Form and Function of Relational Aggression
Developmental Manifestations of Relational Aggression
Developmental Trajectories of Relational Aggression
Methodological Approaches to Studying Relational Aggression
Theoretical Perspectives to Studying the Development of Relational
The Peer Nature of Relational Aggression
Parenting and Relational Aggression
Media and Relational Aggression
Relational Aggression in Sibling Relationships
Relational Aggression and Bullying in a School Context
Relational Aggression in Dating and Romantic Relationships
Cultural Contexts of Relational Aggression
An Updated Review of Existing Relational Aggression Programs

Indicators of Relational Aggression
The Future of Relational Aggression and Final Remarks

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Sarah M. Coyne is an Associate Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Her research focuses on media effects on relational aggression and other behavioral outcomes during childhood and adolescence. Dr. Coyne has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Aggressive Behavior. She currently has five young children. Jamie M. Ostrov is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His research focuses on the development of relational and physical aggression. Dr. Ostrov has published his research in a variety of top peer-reviewed journals, currently serves on nine editorial boards, and his research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He has two young children.

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