Research and Treatment for Aggression with Adolescent Girls

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“This book is a ‘must read’ for practicing clinicians, mental health professionals, educators, law enforcement personnel, researchers and policy makers who are concerned with antisocial and aggressive girls. The book is well written, informative and helpful. Under the skillful editorship of Cummings and Leschied, this unique book brings together the most up-to-date information on the issue . . . . not only offers in-depth coverage of empirically supported evidence in understanding aggression by adolescent girls, it also reviews effective interventions; and presents directions for conducting research, policy and practice. . . . a major contribution to the field.” – Leena K. Augimeri, Director, Centre for Children Committing Offences, Earlscourt Child and Family Centre

“Leading scholars of female adolescent aggression present the most recent ideas and findings in this key area of concern. . . . This important volume will inform practitioners, researchers and policymakers in education, youth justice and mental health about the ‘state of the art’ in research on adolescent female aggression. As such, the book will make a crucial contribution to the development of more effective evidence-based social service policy and practice.” – Dr. Gary Bernfeld, Clinical Psychologist and Professor, Behavioural Science Technology Program, St. Lawrence College

"Overall, this volume provides a synthesis of recent research that fully and accurately describes the roots and forms of agression as demonstrated by girls and the current status of effective interventions." -- Prof. Tammy Dew Gilligan, James Madison University

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface; Introduction
Part I: Empirically Supported Evidence in Understanding Aggression with Adolescent Girls
· Correlates of Aggression with Adolescent Girls (Alan W. Leschied, Anne L. Cummings, Michelle Zerwer, and Angela Saunders)
· Experiences of Violence Among Adolescent Girls (Carrie Traher Arnold, Alan W. Leschied)
· Aggressive Adolescent Girls: A Qualitative Analysis of their Verbal and Physical Aggression (Anne L. Cummings and Alan W. Leschied)
· The Relationship between Childhood Maltreatment and Delinquency (Nicole Heilbron, Alan W. Leschied, and Anne L. Cummings)
· Assessing Relational and Direct Aggression in Adolescent Girls (Anne L. Cummings, Alan W. Leschied, and Nicole Heilbron)
Part II: Reviewing Effective Interventions
· A Meta-Analytic Examination of the Principles of Effective Correction Interventions for Young Female Offenders (Craig Dowden and Donald A. Andrews)
· School-Based Prevention and Mental Health Intervention Programs for Aggressive Adolescent Girls (Nicole Heilbron, Janet Tingley, Alan W. Leschied, and Anne L. Cummings)
Part III: Relevance for Research, Policy, and Practice
· Adolescent Female Aggression: A Proposal for a Research Agenda (Allison Cunningham)
· Implications for Policy and Practice: Next Steps (Alan W. Leschied and Anne L. Cummings)

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