ERIC Number: EJ778841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 58
Subtypes, Severity, and Structural Stability of Peer Victimization: What Does Latent Class Analysis Say?
Nylund, Karen; Bellmore, Amy; Nishina, Adrienne; Graham, Sandra
Child Development, v78 n6 p1706-1722 Nov-Dec 2007
This study uses latent class analysis (LCA) to empirically identify victimization groups during middle school. Approximately 2,000 urban, public middle school students (mean age in sixth grade = 11.57) reported on their peer victimization during the Fall and Spring semesters of their sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Independent LCA analyses at each semester yielded 3 victim classes based on victimization degree rather than type (e.g., physical vs. relational). The most victimized class always represented the smallest proportion of the sample, decreasing from 20% in sixth grade to 6% by the end of eighth grade. This victimized class also always reported feeling less safe at school concurrently and more depressed than others 1 semester later, illustrating the validity of the LCA approach.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, Grade 6, Victims of Crime, Peer Relationship, Bullying, Urban Schools, Grade 7, Public Schools, School Safety, Educational Environment, Depression (Psychology), Psychological Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
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