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NCJ Number: 229749 Find in a Library
Title: Bullying and the Peer Group: A Review
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:15  Issue:2  Dated:March/April 2010  Pages:112-120
Author(s): Christina Salmivalli
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Academy of Finland
00501 Helsinki, Finland
Grant Number: 121091
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This review examines bullying in a peer group context, which helps to better understand the individuals' motivation to bully, the lack of support provided to the victims, the persistence of bullying, and the adjustment of victims across diverse contexts.
Abstract: It is often stated that bullying is a "group process," and many researchers and policymakers share the belief that interventions against bullying should be targeted at the peer-group level rather than at the individual bullies and victims. There is less insight into what in the group level should be changed and how, as the group processes taking place at the level of the peer clusters or school classes have not been much elaborated. This paper reviews the literature on the group involvement in bullying, thus providing insight into the individuals' motives for participation in bullying, the persistence of bullying, and the adjustment of victims across different peer contexts. Interventions targeting the peer group are briefly discussed and future directions for research on peer processes in bullying are suggested. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Bullying
Index Term(s): Aggression; Group behavior; Group dynamics; Individual behavior; Literature reviews; Motivation; Peer influences on behavior; Victimization
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