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The Development of Relational Aggression

Sarah M. Coyne and Jamie M. Ostrov


The Development of Relational Aggression provides a rich and detailed literature review on developmental processes associated with the perpetration of relational aggression (and related terms of indirect aggression and social aggression) across childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood (with a brief mention of relational aggression in adulthood). Relational aggression is defined as behavior that is intended to harm another’s relationships or feelings of inclusion in a group. Unlike physical aggression, the scars of relational aggression are more difficult to see. However, victims (and agg ... More

Keywords: Relational aggression, indirect aggression, social aggression, development, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, victimization, intervention, early childhood

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190491826
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190491826.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. Coyne, editor
Associate Professor, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University

Jamie M. Ostrov, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

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Section 1 Relational Aggression Research: An Overview

1 The Development of Relational Aggression

Sarah M. Coyne and Jamie M. Ostrov

2 Definitions—The Form and Function of Relational Aggression

Jamie M. Ostrov, Sarah J. Blakely-McClure, Kristin J. Perry, and Kimberly E. Kamper-DeMarco

4 Developmental Trajectories of Relational Aggression

Paula J. Fite and Casey A. Pederson

5 Methodological Approaches to Studying Relational Aggression

Marion K. Underwood, Samuel E. Ehrenreich, and Diana J. Meter

Section 2 Biobehavioral and Evolutionary Approaches to Relational Aggression

9 Psychophysiology Indicators of Relational Aggression

Dianna Murray-Close, Nicole L. Breslend, and Leigh Ann Holterman

10 Examining Relational Aggression in an Individual Differences Context

Jennifer L. Tackett, Avantè J. Smack, and Kathleen W. Reardon

Section 3 Socialization of Relational Aggression

12 Parenting and Relational Aggression

David A. Nelson and Craig H. Hart

13 Media and Relational Aggression

Nicole Martins, Sarah M. Coyne, and Jennifer Ruh Linder

14 Relational Aggression in Sibling Relationships

Nicole Campione-Barr, Sonia E. Giron, and Christopher Odudu

Section 4 The Development of Relational Aggression in Different Contexts

15 Relational Aggression and Bullying in a School Context

Dorothy L. Espelage, Jun Sung Hong, and Gabriel J. Merrin

16 Relational Aggression in Dating and Romantic Relationships

Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck, Amanda L. Duffy, Samantha Ferguson, and Alex A. Gardner

Section 5 Interventions and Closing Remarks

18 An Updated Review of Existing Relational Aggression Programs

Stephen S. Leff, Tracy Evian Waasdorp, and Krista R. Mehari

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