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Understanding Girls' Problem Behavior: How Girls' Delinquency Develops in the Context of Maturity and Health, Co-occurring Problems, and Relationships

ISBN: 978-0-470-66632-6
252 pages
January 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
Understanding Girls
Understanding Girls' Problem Behavior presents an overview of recent studies by leading researchers into key aspects of the development of problem behavior in girls.
  • Integrates interdisciplinary research into girls’ problem behaviors (e.g. aggression, antisocial behavior, rule breaking)
  • Unique in seeking to understand girls’ problem behaviors in their own right
  • Follows the maturing girl from adolescence to adulthood, concluding at the point where she herself becomes a parent and forms new relationships
  • Gives attention to the critical contexts of problem behavior development—society and neighborhood,   as well as family and peer contexts
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About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Girls' Problem Behavior: From the What to the Why (Geertjan Overbeek and Anna-Karin Andershed).

PART 1: MATURITY AND HEALTH.

1 A Contextual Amplification Hypothesis: Pubertal Timing and Girls' Emotional and Behavioral Problems (Xiaojia Ge, Misaki N. Natsuaki, Run Jin, and Michael C. Biehl).

2 Fits and Misfits: How Adolescents' Representations of Maturity Relate To Their Adjustment (Lauree C. Tilton-Weaver, Fumiko Kakihara, Sheila K. Marshall, and Nancy L. Galambos).

3 Physical Health in Adolescent Girls with Antisocial Behavior (Kathleen Pajer, Andrea Lourie, and Lisa Leininger).

PART 2: CO-OCCURRING PROBLEMS.

4 Using Girls' Voices and Words to Study Their Problems (Joanne Belknap, Emily Gaarder, Kristi Holsinger, Cathy McDaniels Wilson, and Bonnie Cady).

5 Developmental Comorbidity of Depression and Conduct Problems in Girls (Kate Keenan, Xin Feng, Dara Babinski, Alison Hipwell, Amanda Hinze, Rolf Loeber, and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber).

PART 3: GIRLS' PROBLEM BEHAVIOR AND RELATIONSHIPS.

6 Deviancy Training in a Sample of High-Risk Adolescent Girls in The Netherlands (Annika K. E. de Haan, Geertjan Overbeek, Karin S. Nijhof, and Rutger C. M. E. Engels).

7 Girls’ Aggressive Behavior Problems: A Focus on Relationships (Debra Pepler, Jennifer Connolly, Wendy Craig, and Depeng Jiang).

8 Attachment and Aggression: From Paradox to Principles of Intervention to Reduce Risk of Violence in Teens (Marlene M. Moretti and Ingrid Obsuth).

9 The Transfer of Developmental and Health Risk from Women with Histories of Aggressive Behavior to Their Children: Recent Results from the Concordia Longitudinal Project (Lisa A. Serbin, Dale M. Stack, Michele Hubert, Alex E. Schwartzman, and Jane Ledingham).

Index.

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Margaret Kerr is Professor of Psychology at Örebro University, Sweden.

Håkan Stattin is Professor of Psychology at Uppsala and Örebro Universities, Sweden.

Rutger C.M.E. Engels is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Geertjan Overbeek is Associate Professor at the Department of Developmental Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Anna-Karin Andershed is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Örebro University, Sweden.

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"This volume offers a valuable international perspective on understanding key aspects of girls' behavior problems - more prevalent than usually believed, but studied less than that of boys." (Booknews, 1 June 2011)
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