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ERIC Number: EJ955293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
A Typology of Retaliation Strategies against Social Aggression among Adolescent Girls
Kozlowski, Karen Phelan; Warber, Kathleen M.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v5 n2 p113-126 2010
Girls respond to peer attacks of indirect social aggression in various ways. This study explores when and how victims retaliate against their aggressors. Qualitative interviews with 15 adolescent girls ages 10-16 suggest that victims of social aggression are likely to retaliate when their aggressors communicate the following: identity attacks, friendship destabilization, boyfriend jealousy, family attacks, insecurity attacks, and secret exposure. Based on the behaviors participants reported in response to these topics, we developed a typology of retaliation strategies girls employ. Strategies include truth coalition, face-to-face confrontation, faux confrontation, canceling the friendship, gossip, cold shoulder, physical violence, rumors, nonverbal cues, picking teams, and specialized torture. Results suggest that volatility of certain topics and retaliation strategies may vary by socioeconomic status; that girls may employ more direct forms of conflict resolution than previous research has indicated; and that the nature of retaliation against social aggression is complex, contextual, and cyclic. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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