Understanding Girls' Problem Behavior. How Girls' Delinquency Develops in the Context of Maturity and Health, Co–occurring Problems, and Relationships. Hot Topics in Developmental Research – A Series of Three Edited Volumes

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  • 252 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In recent years there has been a disturbing increase in both the prevalence and severity of girls problem behavior. Yet our knowledge regarding the development of antisocial behavior remains focused almost exclusively on boys and men. Fortunately, solid research into problem behavior in girls a field that was virtually non–existent before the 1970s is finally gaining ground.

Understanding Girls′ Problem Behavior presents a collection of recent studies that are shaping our understanding of the development of problem behavior in girls. Most chapters feature longitudinal data and a focus on theory development. They include studies that begin with the maturing girl, follow her through adolescence to adulthood, and conclude when she herself becomes a parent. The processes involved in initiating, establishing, and potentially overcoming problem behavior are vividly illustrated through new findings and theories from fields including clinical psychology, sociology, developmental psychology and criminology.

Offering rich insights from leading international scholars, Understanding Girls Problem Behavior is sure to inspire further advances in a critical new field of contemporary research.

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About the Editors ix

List of Contributors xi

Acknowledgements xv

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


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

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

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


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

5 Developmental Comorbidity of Depression and Conduct Problems in Girls 117Kate 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 141Annika K. E. de Haan, Geertjan Overbeek, Karin S. Nijhof, and Rutger C. M. E. Engels

7 Girls Aggressive Behavior Problems: A Focus on Relationships 165Debra 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 185Marlene 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 207Lisa A. Serbin, Dale M. Stack, Michele Hubert, Alex E. Schwartzman, and Jane Ledingham

Index 231

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Margaret Kerr
Håkan Stattin
Rutger C. M. E. Engels
Geertjan Overbeek
Anna–Karin Andershed
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