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NCJ Number: 229429 Find in a Library
Title: When Might Peer Aggression, Victimization, and Conflict Have Its Largest Impact?: Microcontextual Considerations
Journal: Journal of Early Adolescence  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:5-26
Author(s): Adrienne Nichina; Amy Bellmore
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 21
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides an overview of the articles contained in this special issue of the Journal of Early Adolescence dealing with peer aggression, victimization, and conflict during early adolescence, and presents original data that examine peer victimization characteristics of early adolescents.
Abstract: Peer aggression, victimization, and conflict are common occurrences during early adolescence. In the collection of articles in this special issue, several themes emerged, including the use of social psychological theory, individual difference variables, and social context. This article briefly reviews these articles and presents original data that examine microcontextual characteristics (i.e., context of specific events) of sixth and ninth graders' peer victimization. Students completed daily reports on 5 school days across 2 weeks. Adolescents’ experiences were mostly public (i.e., witnessed by another individual) and perpetrated by a single student from the same grade. Adolescents were unlikely to receive help from others (less than half the time when a witness was present). Ninth-grade data suggest that friends are the most likely witnesses to help the target. Strangers to the target never intervened or tried to help. These findings are discussed in light of implications for prevention and intervention. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Behavioral science research; Bullying; Peer influences on behavior; Witness intervention in crime
Note: For additional articles in this special issue see NCJ-229430-36.
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