- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 20, 2003

Books

• "Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls," by Rachel Simmons, Harcourt, 2002. The author describes the issue of social manipulation, or "relational aggression," and offers parents and teachers solutions to it.

• "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence," by Rosalind Wiseman, Three Rivers Press, 2003. Acting as a liaison between "Girl World" and "Planet Parent," the author helps parents understand their daughters' friendships, the power of cliques and the roles of girls within them.

• "Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children," by Michael Thompson, Catherine O'Neill Grace and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ballantine Books, 2002. The authors explore the stages of children's development, from parent-bonded to quasi-asocial toddler, to the learning-the-rules phase in elementary school and adolescent and romantic bonding.

• "The Secret Lives of Girls: What Good Girls Really Do Sex Play, Aggression, and Their Guilt," by Sharon Lamb, Free Press, 2001. Through 125 interviews with preteen and teenage girls and women, the author reveals the ways girls use their minds and their bodies for private sexual play, mischief and hidden aggression.

Associations

• Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite M-2, Washington, D.C. 20008. Telephone: 202/237-1670. Web site: www.gscnc.org. The Metro area council has developed a number of anti-violence programs available to local Scouts, including "Working It Out," which premiered in August 2002. The program, created by Christine Adsit, the Girl Scout Council's manager of training services, focuses on relational aggression and already has served more than 200 troops.

• Ophelia Project, PO Box 8736, Erie, Pa. 16505. Web site: www.opheliaproject.org. The Ophelia Project, founded in 1997 by a group of parents, is dedicated to counteracting the American culture's negative effects on girls today. A developing project, "Creating a Safe Social Climate in Our Schools," is designed to meet the issue of relational aggression on campus.

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