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

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

Margaret Kerr (Editor), Håkan Stattin (Editor), Rutger C. M. E. Engels (Editor), Geertjan Overbeek (Editor), Anna-Karin Andershed (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-99607-1

May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

252 pages



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

About the Editors ix

List of Contributors xi

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction: Girls’ Problem Behavior: From the What to the Why 1
Geertjan Overbeek and Anna-Karin Andershed


1 A Contextual Amplification Hypothesis: Pubertal Timing and Girls’ Emotional and Behavioral Problems 11
Xiaojia Ge, Misaki N. Natsuaki, Run Jin, and Michael C. Biehl

2 Fits and Misfits: How Adolescents’ Representations of Maturity Relate To Their Adjustment 31
Lauree C. Tilton-Weaver, Fumiko Kakihara, Sheila K. Marshall, and Nancy L. Galambos

3 Physical Health in Adolescent Girls with Antisocial Behavior 69
Kathleen Pajer, Andrea Lourie, and Lisa Leininger


4 Using Girls’ Voices and Words to Study Their Problems 97
Joanne Belknap, Emily Gaarder, Kristi Holsinger, Cathy McDaniels Wilson, and Bonnie Cady

5 Developmental Comorbidity of Depression and Conduct Problems in Girls 117
Kate Keenan, Xin Feng, Dara Babinski, Alison Hipwell, Amanda Hinze, Rolf Loeber, and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber


6 Deviancy Training in a Sample of High-Risk Adolescent Girls in The Netherlands 141
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 165
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 185
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 207
Lisa A. Serbin, Dale M. Stack, Michele Hubert, Alex E. Schwartzman, and Jane Ledingham

Index 231

"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)