How to Address “Mean Girls” Behavior

By: Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LGSW

While bullying has been the subject of many media reports and community wide programs in recent years, little attention has been directed toward a type of covert bullying that is predominantly found among girls and has been termed “relational aggression.”

Unlike overt bullying, in which clear physically aggressive acts can be visually observed, acts of hidden aggression can be subtle and include such behaviors as a look followed by a giggle, or purposeful, continuous ignoring of the bullying subject.

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