Relational Aggression Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Relational aggression can be more subtle and difficult to identify than physical aggression, but it can be just as destructive. This lesson offers some activities you can use to help students understand and stop relational aggression.

Teaching About Relational Aggression

Are you trying to teach your students more about aggression as a psychological phenomenon in general? One kind of aggression you'll probably focus on is relational aggression. Relational aggression is the kind of aggression that happens within social and intimate relationships. It might be verbal or emotional, rather than physical, in nature, but it can be very damaging on a psychological level.

To help students understand what relational aggression is all about and what they can do to prevent it, you might want to incorporate activities into your instruction. This will help each student learn from his or her strengths and take ownership over the material and concepts. The activities in this lesson are oriented toward helping your students develop a better understanding of relational aggression.

Visual Activities

Here, you'll find activities designed to appeal to visual learners, those who work best with images and graphic organizers.

Relational vs. Physical

It can help many students to understand the similarities and differences between relational and physical aggression, in terms of their causes, enactment, and effects. Have your students work in pairs to complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting these types of aggression. They should aim to have at least three items in every section of the diagram. Make sure to leave students a chance to share their diagrams with each other.

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