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NCJ Number: 227938 Find in a Library
Title: Bystander Involvement in Peer Victimization: The Value of Looking Beyond Aggressors and Victims
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:July -September 2009  Pages:206-215
Author(s): Brenda A. Wiens; Allison Dempsey
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative
Grant Number: S184L020327
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study sought to measure bystander witnessing of peer victimization and to determine if the bystander perspective constituted an independent factor in need of measurement when assessing prevalence of peer victimization in schools.
Abstract: Results of the study showed that items from the bystander perspective constituted an important and unique factor separate from student reports of engaging in peer aggression or being the victim of such aggression. It was recommended that the bystander perspective be included in future research and evaluation given its potential role in addressing peer victimization. Typically measured from the victim and aggressor perspectives, peer victimization has been a focus of both research and prevention program development. However, there is a growing recognition of bystander involvement in peer victimization. The purpose of this study was to measure bystander witnessing of peer victimization, in addition to the typically measured prevalence of aggression and victimization. The study also sought to determine whether the bystander perspective constituted as a unique factor. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Witness intervention in crime
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Adolescent victims; Crime in schools; Juvenile delinquency; Victimization; Violence; Violence prevention
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