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Relational aggression within Hmong adolescent girls' peer relationships

The purpose of the study was to examine whether relational aggression occurs in Hmong adolescent girls' peer relationships and their perceptions of relational aggression. The role of culture will be explore to determine whether it influences Hmong adolescent girls' engagement in relational aggression. Hmong adolescent girls completed a self-report survey in which they could self-identify as perpetrators or victims of relational aggression. In addition, they provided written responses to determine whether the Hmong culture plays a role in their use of relational aggression. Results indicated that Hmong adolescent girls do not self-identify as perpetrators or victims of relational aggression. The Hmong culture influences Hmong adolescent girls to not use relationally aggressive tactics in peer relationships. Limitations and implications for future research were discussed.

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