ERIC Number: EJ891359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
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Clueless or Powerful? Identifying Subtypes of Bullies in Adolescence
Peeters, Margot; Cillessen, Antonius H. N.; Scholte, Ron H. J.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v39 n9 p1041-1052 Sep 2010
This study examined the heterogeneity of bullying among adolescents. It was hypothesized that bullying behavior serves different social functions and, depending on these functions, bullies will differ in their skills, status and social behavior. In a total sample of 806 8th graders, 120 adolescents (52 boys, 68 girls) were identified as bullies based on peer nominations. An additional group of 50 adolescents (25 boys, 25 girls) served as the non-bully comparison group. Cluster analysis revealed three corresponding bully subtypes for boys and girls: a popular-socially intelligent group, a popular moderate group, and an unpopular-less socially intelligent group. Follow-up analyses showed that the clusters differed significantly from each other in physical and verbal aggression, leadership, network centrality, peer rejection, and self-perceptions of bullying. The results confirm the heterogeneous nature of bullies and the complex nature of bullying in the adolescent peer group.
Descriptors: Bullying, Social Behavior, Females, Peer Groups, Multivariate Analysis, Grade 8, Rejection (Psychology), Males, Adolescents, Antisocial Behavior, Interpersonal Competence, Comparative Analysis, Peer Acceptance, Aggression, Self Concept
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8
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