Girl Wars by
Call Number: J 302.34 Dellasega
Publication Date: 2003-08-05
Stop the Hurting. Mary Pipher's bestselling "Reviving Ophelia" triggered widespread interest in the culture of preteen and teenage girls and the seeming epidemic of relational aggression (bullying) among them. Gossip, teasing, forming cliques, and other cruel behaviors are the basis of this bullying, which harms both victim and aggressor. In "Girl Wars," two experts explain not only how to prevent such behavior but also how to intervene should it happen, as well as overcome the culture that breeds it. Illustrated by compelling true stories from mothers and girls, the authors offer effective, easy-to-implement strategies that range from preventive to prescriptive, such as how to adopt a "help, don't hurt" strategy, provide positive role models, teach communication skills online and off, stress assertiveness, not aggressiveness, learn conflict resolution skills, identify alternatives to bullying behavior. The authors show that girls not only want to help rather than hurt each other, they can do so with guidance from concerned adults.