Girlfriends' club: a relational aggression intervention curriculum

The Girlfriends' Club was a five week study that examined the effects an intervention program had on relational aggression in sixth grade girls at an elementary school in San Diego County. A curriculum was developed to teach girls how to understand friendships, break down stereotypes, and accept differences. Over half of the sixth grade girls participated in the club and completed activities, which included joumaling, creating crafts, and role playing. Data included informal observations and survey results. The researchers perceived a positive change in the participants and final surveys revealed 78% of participants felt more prepared to deal with relational aggression. Keywords: Relational aggression; sixth grade girls; intervention curriculum; friendship; stereotypes; differences