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ERIC Number: ED493272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 217
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-3352-1982-9
Understanding Girls' Friendships, Fights and Feuds: A Practical Approach to Girls' Bullying
Besag, Valerie
Open University Press
Girls' bullying is more subtle and less physical than that perpetrated by boys; however, it can be just as powerful, and the emotional repercussions of bullying among girls can be more destructive and longer lasting than the effects of more obvious forms of bullying. Teachers report that quarrels between girls are far more time-consuming and difficult to resolve than the disputes of boys, yet not enough information is available to guide them on dealing with girls' fighting and unhappiness caused by their relationships with other girls, many of whom may have been their closest friends. This book illuminates the issue of girls' bullying, an issue that can cause a great deal of distress, but which is sometimes ignored or dismissed by adults. Drawing on close observations of girls' behaviour, Val Besag provides an in-depth understanding of girls' bullying, exploring the mechanisms and language that girls use to entice some into their groups and exclude others. Following a preface, this book is divided into seven sections and twenty chapters. Section 1, Exploring the Problem, commences the book with the following chapters: (1) She's My Best Friend, But I Hate Her!; and (2) The Activity Club. Section 2, Gender Differences in Children's Social Behaviour, continues with the next chapters: (3) The Power of the Peer Group: Affiliation and Differentiation; (4) Toys for Boys: Gossip for Girls?; (5) Girls Cooperate--But Boys Compete?; (6) When Things Go Sour--Bullying; and (7) Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Cruel Comparisons. Section 3, Groups, contains the following chapters: (8) Cliques, Groups and Gangs; (9) Dyads, Triads and Lover's Quarrels; (10) Little Miss Popular; and (11) Madam Machiavelli. Section 4, The Language of Conflict, then presents chapters: (12) The Language of Conflict; (13) Grassing; (14) Insult; and (15) Gossip and Rumour. Next, Section 5, Emotional Issues, includes: (16) The More Deadly of the Species?; and (17) The Green Eyed God. Section 6, Case Studies, contains chapter: (18) Case Studies. Section 7, Remediation, Reparation and Resolution, closes the book with the final two chapters: (19) Strategies for Supporting Individual Girls; and (20) What Can The School Do? A list of references is also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers; Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
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