A Friend In Deed? Can Adolescent Girls Be Taught to Understand Relational Bullying?
Article first published online: 30 MAY 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Child Abuse Review
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 439–454, November/December 2011
How to Cite
James, D., Flynn, A., Lawlor, M., Courtney, P., Murphy, N. and Henry, B. (2011), A Friend In Deed? Can Adolescent Girls Be Taught to Understand Relational Bullying?. Child Abuse Rev., 20: 439–454. doi: 10.1002/car.1120
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 30 MAY 2010
- relational bullying;
- relational aggression;
- family conflict
Relational aggression is common among girls. It can be distressing for the victim and may not always be recognised as a form of bullying. This paper evaluates a school–based intervention designed to help girls understand relational bullying. Girls from a single-sex school completed a two-stage evaluation of the intervention. Students showed greater awareness of relational bullying after the intervention and indicated that it would influence them to change their behaviour. At follow-up, retention of knowledge was good. Students reported greater self-monitoring of behaviour and less exclusivity. While this is encouraging, we cannot conclude that all negative behaviours ceased. Implications and limitations of this study are discussed. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.