School Psych Corner: Relational Aggression and Why Kids Engage In It
[Source: Very Well.com via School Psyched, Your School Psychologist]
Relational aggression is an insidious and covert type of bullying that often goes unnoticed by parents and educators. Teens and tweens that engage in relational aggression are able to bully, control and manipulate others all under the radar of adults. In fact, some kids are so skilled at this type of bullying that no one would ever suspect them of hurting others.
Sometimes relational aggression is referred to as emotional bullying or the mean girl phenomenon and involves social manipulation such as:
- excluding people from a group
- spreading rumors
- breaking confidences or sharing secrets
- recruiting others to dislike a target
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