'This volume provides an invaluable tool to researchers, theorists, and practitioners interested in peer rejection and peer relations in childhood. Drawing on her combined research and clinical experience, Dr. Bierman has created a richly textured picture of the development of peer rejection and what can be done to reduce it. This is truly a tour de force.' - Mark T. Greenberg, PhD, Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University
'Over the past 20 years, research on peer relations has revealed the importance of rejection. This scholarly book provides a wonderful overview of the developmental literature in this area. In addition, realistic, insightful, and empirically supported interventions are described and discussed. This is essential reading for both researchers and clinicians.' - Thomas J. Dishion, PhD, Child and Family Center, University of Oregon
Part I: Understanding Problematic Peer Relations. The Developmental Significance of Peer Relations. Characteristics of Rejected Children. Rejection Processes: The Role of Peers. Peer Relations and the Developing Self. Part II: Assessing Social Competence and Peer Relations. Assessment Goals and Strategies. Assessing Problematic Peer Relations. Assessing Social Behavior. Observing Peer Interactions. Assessing Self-system Processes. Part III: Intervention Methods. Approaches to Intervention. The Design of Social Competence Coaching Programs. Intervention Process and the Promotion of Self-system Change. Collateral Interventions for School and Home. Future Directions. Appendix: Description of Exemplar Session Activities.