Coping with relational aggression: a qualitative study

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Title: Coping with relational aggression: a qualitative study
Author: Haderer, Rebecca M.
Abstract: This study explored effective techniques girls use in coping with relational aggression victimization. A qualitative approach was used to capture the experience and problem solving process in arriving at solutions. Participants included 7 female students age 12 to 14 who attended a western New York junior high school. A semi-structured interview format was employed. Results indicated that victims of relational aggression were targets of rumors that frequently involved a theme of denigration. Initial reactions to the victimization always included a negative emotional response followed by a behavioral response. Victims engaged in a step-by step problem solving process to arrive at a solution. In most cases, the problem was solved when an adult such as a school counselor or school social worker intervened. These results suggest that the actions of school personnel are integral in helping girls effectively cope with relational aggression.
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Date: 2009-04-06

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