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Beyond Mean Girls: Identifying and Intervening in Episodes of Relational Aggression


by Lisa H. Rosen & Linda J. Rubin ó May 08, 2015

Last year marked the tenth anniversary of the film Mean Girls. This film has brought widespread attention to the difficulties of navigating high school peer relationships, including the pain of relational aggression (or relational bullying). As the name implies, relational aggression is defined as behavior aimed at harming anotherís relationships, and includes spreading rumors and social exclusion. The longstanding popularity of Mean Girls makes it clear that the movie continues to strike a chord in popular culture. Despite popular interest and growing research, the majority of school-based intervention programs have focused solely on physical aggression to the exclusion of relational aggression. This commentary discusses recent empirical findings on relational aggression and offers suggestions for how educators can use this research to decrease mean behaviors on their campuses.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 08, 2015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17959, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 5:21:13 PM

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  • Lisa Rosen
    Texas Woman's University
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    LISA ROSEN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor and a member of the Core Psychology Faculty at Texas Woman's University.
  • Linda Rubin
    Texas Woman's University
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    LINDA RUBIN, PhD, is a Professor and member of the Core Counseling Psychology Faculty at Texas Woman's University.
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