This review examines empirical articles from 1996 to 2007 regarding the effect of victimization through relational aggression as defined by Crick and colleagues (1995). Also included are two European studies that evaluated the impact of a related construct (i.e. relational bullying). Researchers investigated the unique contribution of relational victimization beyond other forms of peer maltreatment (i.e. overt victimization, physical victimization). Overall, findings show that the inclusion of relational victimization in the assessment of peer victimization contributes to previous literature regarding adjustment difficulties experienced by school-aged children and adolescents. The review concludes with a summary of school-based prevention and intervention programs recommended to specifically reduce relational aggression.
The Effect of Relational Victimization On School-aged Children and Adolescents and Recommended Intervention Programs
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