Perceptions and attitudes toward bullying in middle school youth: A developmental examination across the bully/victim continuum

Susan M. Swearer, Paulette Tam Cary

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Abstract

We examined middle school students’ attitudes and perceptions of bullying during their middle school years. Participants were categorized along the bully/victim continuum as bullies, victims, bully-victims, and no-status students based on their self-nomination from a survey that queries students about their experiences with bullying (either as a bully, victim, or both), their observations of bullying, and their attitudes toward bullying. The majority of participants were classified as bullies, victims, and bully-victims as 70% of the participants reported involvement with bullying and/or victimization during their middle school years. Participants’ perceptions about bullying and attitudes toward bullying were examined at three points in time. Participants’ attitudes toward bullying became more supportive of bullying as students progressed through middle school. Additionally, external attributes for bullying were cited across all four status groups as reasons for involvement in bullying. Implications for prevention and intervention programs that address bullying are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools
Subtitle of host publicationThe Next Generation of Prevention
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages63-79
Number of pages17
Volume19
Edition2
ISBN (Print)9780203725528
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Attitudes
  • Bullying
  • Peer aggression
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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