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Perspectives in Law & Psychology #19: Girls and Aggression: Contributing Factors and Intervention Principlesby Marlene M. Moretti
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Although research on aggressive men and boys has been plentiful, much less attention has been directed toward aggression in girls and women. The increasing number of young women who find themselves living violent lives, both as perpetrators and victims, has led to urgent calls for more information on understanding what causes, what perpetuates and what can be done about this problem. Addressing this need, Girls and Aggression presents a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on risk and protective factors, developmental pathways and intervention principles specific to the problem of aggression and violence in the lives of young women. Contributions come from the fields of psychology, criminology, education, and sociology, and use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore the issues. Girls and Aggression will be of interest to academic researchers and mental health practitioners alike by providing an up-to-date and comprehensive view of this important and underexplored area.
- Represents both sides of the problem of violence in the lives of girls - girls as victims of violence; and girls as perpetrators of violence. To fully understand the problem of violence it is essential to consider both sides of the 'violence coin'. - Provides perspectives from multiple disciplines using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies thereby providing a fuller understanding of the issues. - Provides a bridge from research on causal factors and developmental course to research on intervention.
About the Author
Dr. Marlene M. Moretti is a Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and has published widely in the field of youth mental health, self development, and parent-adolescent attachment. She currently leads a multi-site Canadian Institutes of Health Research program examining gender, aggression, and violence. Dr. Moretti has served on the government committees and panels focused on the promotion of youth mental health. She has also consulted with Health Canada in providing recommendations to promote healthy adolescent adjustment. Candice L. Odgers completed her Master's degree in Criminology at Simon Fraser University where she conducted one of the largest studies of incarcerated female youth in Canada. Candice is currently a Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia and a Senior Research Associate for a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-sponsored Gender and Aggression Network. Candice is the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Doctoral Fellowship and the Commonwealth Scholarship. She is currently expanding her research to focus on violence within high-risk populations of girls in the United States. Dr. Margaret Jackson, Professor of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, has conducted research in three main areas: clinical criminology; women's issues, especially violence against women and children; and justice policy. She is currently the principal investigator for a major SSHRC project on marginalized girls and the Director of the Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy at SFU. Dr. Jackson has previously undertaken specific research on child abuse in the Vancouver area, in terms of its prevalence, the problems with its assessment and its impact on young marginalized girls' lives.
Table of Contents
1: Girls And Aggression: A Point Of Departure; M.M. Moretti, L. Odgers, M.A. Jackson. 2: Rejection sensitivity and girls' aggression; G. Downey, L. Irwin, M. Ramsay, O. Ayduk. 3: The Science of Relational Aggression: Can We Guide Intervention? T.C. Geiger, M. Zimmer-Gembeck, N.R. Crick. 4: Aggression from an Attachment Perspective: Gender Issues and Therapeutic Implications; M.M. Moretti, K. DaSilva, R. Holland. 5: The Social Context of Children's Aggression; T. Vaillancourt, S. Hymel. 6: Adjudicated Females' Participation in Violence from Adolescence to Adulthood: Results from a Longitudinal Study; N. Lanctôt, C. Émond, M. LeBlanc. 7: Race, Gender, and Aggression: The Impact of Sociocultural Factors on Girls; M.A. Jackson. 8: Revisiting the Moral Domain: Using Social Interdependence Theory to Understand Adolescent Girls' Perspectives on the Use of Violence; S. Artz. 9: Connecting Policies, Girls, and Violence; M. Reitsma-Street. 10: Interventions for Aggressive Girls: Tailoring and Measuring the Fit; D. Pepler, M.M. Walsh, K. Levene. 11: Linking Identification and Treatment of Early Risk Factors for Female Delinquency; K.S. Levene, M.M. Walsh, L.K. Augimeri. 12: Girls in the Justice System: Treatment and intervention; J. Antonishak, N. Dickon Reppucci, C. Fried Mulford. 13: Prediction and Prevention of Peer Victimization in Early Elementary School: How Does Gender Matter? B.J. Leadbeater, M.K. Dhami, W.L. Hoglund, E.M. Dickinson. 14: Reframing Violence Risk Assessment for Female Juvenile Offenders; C.L. Odgers, M.G. Schmidt, N. Dickon Reppucci. 15: From Crime Control to Welfare and Back Again: (R)Evolving Youth Criminal Justice Policy and its Possible Effect on Young Female Offenders; D.A. Connolly, T.M. Wayte, Z. Lee. 16: Girls, Aggression, and Delinquency: Research and Policy Considerations; J. Wollard. 17: Girls and Violence: The Never Ending Story; M.K. Underwood.
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