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Relational Aggression

Your daughter’s best friends suddenly cut her off from the group and they did so in a way that was humiliating and cruel and won’t even tell your daughter why.  This complicated phenomenon – known as relational aggression – is behavior that is meant to hurt someone by manipulating their relationships with other people.  This can be nonverbal, verbal, or physical.  It can include building alliances (getting other people to join in on the bullying), teasing, put-downs, spreading rumors and gossip and cyber-bullying. 

Whether your child is the target of relational aggression – or acting as the aggressor – living through the experience can be upsetting and challenging for both parents and their daughters. Read through our FAQs from Parents for tips on how to help your daughter.