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on 31 May 2006
I believe that is an important contribution to the debate about the specific way that girls bully. It is well written and accessible. The author appears to have put in a large effort to work with the girls over the 16 months of the study.
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on 31 January 2007
I have recently undertaken a substantial piece of work around psychological bullying (largely undertaken by girls, but not exclusively) on behalf of schools and found this book to be the most important tool professionals and parents can have in tackling this behaviour. All too often, texts and training focus on the effects and background of an issue, which I think MOST people are familiar with, without offering any answers. I found this book equipped me with a language that enabled me to discuss these issues and develop responses to this behaviour, it substantiated and helped me develop my own ideas. Within schools and families, this behaviour, traditionally dismissed as typical of girls, can be addressed with the insight and practical approach offered by this valuable book.
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on 9 February 2007
I think this is a useful book, and the author is well qualified to write it. She has an excellent combination of experience in the field, work as an educational psychologist, and academic doctoral research on the topic. Her earlier 1989 book was a seminal contribution to the area of school bullying. This book adds to a relatively small literature on the nature of girls bullying, which is known to be different from that of boys. There is thorough coverage of other relevant academic literature, as well as interesting insights from the author's own work. It should appeal to both professional and academic audiences.
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on 8 February 2007
As a psychology student, I found this book to be very informative, interesting and accessible. There is little research out there on girls' bullying, as it is less conspicuous than that of boys, but this book goes into great depth on the topic. The insights into the true nature of bullying behaviours are based on almost 20 years of hands-on experience, and 'suggested approaches' for dealing with the many aspects of girls' bullying are detailed at the end of every section. The best thing about this book is that, as well as being full of expert knowledge, it is extremely well written: concepts and strategies are explained simply, making the book an enjoyable and extremely useful read.
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on 13 February 2007
Val Besag is exceptional in her work with girls and bullying. She has spent many years working in schools with children and young people, and has an amazing insight into the way girls differ from boys in their friendships and bullying issues.

The book is extremely useful to those working with children and young people who are bullied or perpetrators, and has been a welcome addition to our resource library in the County Durham Anti-Bullying Service.
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on 14 May 2006
I keep hoping to find a real book on the effects girls bullying has on girls and also the staggering, lingering scars it leaves on grown women and how it manifests itself throughout a lifetime. But it seems all that's out there is a bunch of clinical texts written by credentialed individuals who haven't got a firsthand clue about what bullying really does to a person, but only a superficial knowledge. This author has spent something like a scant 16 months with a small selection of girls and has apparently based her book around this experience. While this book does offer a few insights into the way girl cliques operate and how girls judge each other, which is horrifying to read, it will not help you all that much if you are an adult seeking to understand why you specifically were bullied as a child or even as an adult. After reading this book I just ended up hating women even more than I did before. As it says in its description, it is more focused on a textbook style approach to handling bullying in schools and discussing with the bullies why they do what they do and trying to amend their behaviour. But given the way the authour says girls behave, I cant see this ever really happening.
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