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Youth Perceptions of What Is Helpful during the Middle School Transition and Correlates of Transition Difficulty

The middle school transition has been identified as a difficult time for youths, resulting in adjustment difficulties across a variety of domains. Although some research has examined strategies that are useful for the adjustment outcomes associated with the transition, more research understanding student perceptions of what is helpful in the middle school transition and adjustment correlations of perceived level of ... Read More »

“She can’t fight ’cause she acts white”: Identity and coping for girls of color in middle school

In middle schools girls struggle to define themselves in relationship to a new and larger school environment and a more diverse group of peers. This is particularly challenging for girls of color: their devaluation in society due to being female is compounded by their devaluation due to being a person of color. In middle school students often find themselves separated ... Read More »

“It’s Murder Out Today”: Middle School Girls Speak Out about Girl Fighting

The phenomenon of girl fighting has piqued scholarly and popular interest in recent years, and yet few have studied the factors that contribute to the problem.  Recently a group of social work researchers decided to investigate girl fighting by interviewing several teenage girls in focus groups at middle schools in the northeastern US.  The participants of the focus groups were ... Read More »