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The dyadic nature of bullying and victimization: Testing a dual-perspective theory

Veenstra, R., Lindenberg, S. M., Zijlstra, B. J. H., De Winter, A. F., Verhulst, F. C. & Ormel, J., Dec-2007, In : Child Development. 78, 6, p. 1843-1854 12 p.

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For this study, information on Who Bullies Who was collected from 54 school classes with 918 children (M age = 11) and 13,606 dyadic relations. Bullying and victimization were viewed separately from the point of view of the bully and the victim. The two perspectives were highly complementary. The probability of a bully-victim relationship was higher if the bully was more dominant than the victim, and if the victim was more vulnerable than the bully and more rejected by the class. In a bully-victim dyad, boys were more often the bullies. There was no finding of sex effect for victimization. Liking reduced and disliking increased the probability of a bully-victim relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1843-1854
Number of pages12
JournalChild Development
Volume78
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2007

    Keywords

  • AGGRESSOR-VICTIM RELATIONSHIPS, SOCIAL-RELATIONS MODEL, EARLY ADOLESCENCE, PEER GROUPS, SCHOOL, CHILDREN, BULLIES, BOYS, CONSEQUENCES, PERCEPTIONS

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