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Reducing ‘Mean Girl’ Behavior in Classrooms Creates a Healthier Social Environment in Schools, Research Finds

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“New research from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has found that actively working to reduce relational aggression among girls benefits everyone in the school. Relational aggression, referred to by The Science Blog as “mean girl behaviors,” is the most common type of aggression among girls and involves using gossip and social exclusion rather than physical altercation to “manipulate social standing or reputations.” In order to conduct their research, “[t]he study team examined the broader effects of Friend to Friend (F2F), their relational aggression prevention program for urban ethnic minority girls, as part of a school-based randomized trial comparing F2F to a control group using an education-based intervention called Homework, Study Skills and Organization (HSO),” said The Science Blog.”(more)

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