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Legislative Issues

Reducing Bullying and Relational Aggression

According to the GSRI's State of Girls report, about 30 percent of girls have experienced some form of bullying or relational aggression from their peers. In 2012, Girl Scouts launched an innovative program called Be a Friend First (BFF), a bullying prevention program designed for middle school girls.

Bullying can take many forms, but girls are often more likely than boys to use a subtle, indirect, and emotional form of bullying called relational aggression. Relational aggression encompasses behaviors that harm others by damaging, threatening, or manipulating one's relationship with her peers, or by injuring a girl's feeling of social acceptance. Because relational aggression is not as overt as "traditional" schoolyard bullying, it has not received the same attention from researchers, educators, and parents. However, relational aggression is just as harmful as physical bullying to a student's ability to learn and succeed

Girl Scouts' Work on Bullying and Relational Aggression

Research Findings

Examples of Recent Public Policy Activities