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ERIC Number: EJ1151751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2059-0776
Reconceptualising Relational Aggression as Strategic Communication: Girls, Goals, and Their Peer Groups
Page, Angela; Charteris, Jennifer
Educational and Developmental Psychologist, v34 n1 p78-91 Jul 2017
Since its inception, relational aggression has been conceptualised as a set of destructive attempts by young girls to get their own way, and these aggressive acts have been demonised in public and media debate. This article challenges the prevailing developmental psychopathologisation literature to centre the focus on functionality, positioning relational aggression as a set of behaviours that are used as specific communication strategies. A "Girls" Relational Aggression Communication Model' is provided as a new conceptual framework that integrates positioning subtypes from the literature: "popular", "regular", and "tough" girls. This reconceptualised communication model is a contribution to the field as it enhances understanding of the nuances in girls' relationships. In particular, it reframes the positioning of 'tough' girls, who have been largely ignored in relational aggression research.
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Language: English
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