Presentation Title

A Relational Aggression Intervention in Early Childhood

Advisor Information

Lisa Kelly-Vance

Location

Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room B

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

8-3-2013 3:30 PM

End Date

8-3-2013 3:45 PM

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an intervention targeting relational aggression for young children. One significant predictor of behavior problems and social struggles for children is relational aggression, which is used to describe nonphysical aggression used to harm another’s social status or reputation or inflict harm on others by manipulating their peer relationships (Crick & Grotpeter, 1995; 1996). The intervention was adapted from Ostrov and colleagues (2009) Early Childhood Friendship Program and implemented over a six week time period to reduce relationally aggressive behaviors and increase prosocial behavior. The first week of the intervention included an educational theatre performance by a local group, RESPECT. The following weeks involved direct instruction using puppets, modeling, role-playing, and time to practice with positive reinforcement. Data was collected using teacher report at the individual and classroom wide levels as well as direct observation.

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Mar 8th, 3:30 PM Mar 8th, 3:45 PM

A Relational Aggression Intervention in Early Childhood

Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room B

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an intervention targeting relational aggression for young children. One significant predictor of behavior problems and social struggles for children is relational aggression, which is used to describe nonphysical aggression used to harm another’s social status or reputation or inflict harm on others by manipulating their peer relationships (Crick & Grotpeter, 1995; 1996). The intervention was adapted from Ostrov and colleagues (2009) Early Childhood Friendship Program and implemented over a six week time period to reduce relationally aggressive behaviors and increase prosocial behavior. The first week of the intervention included an educational theatre performance by a local group, RESPECT. The following weeks involved direct instruction using puppets, modeling, role-playing, and time to practice with positive reinforcement. Data was collected using teacher report at the individual and classroom wide levels as well as direct observation.