About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

A Bully? A Victim? Or Both?

by Rathi Manohar on July 10, 2010 at 2:47 PM
Font : A-A+

A Bully? A Victim? Or Both?

Children and teens that do not have social problem-solving skills face the prospect of becoming a bully, a victim, or both, states new research on the subject.

But those who are also having academic troubles are even likelier to become bullies, says the study.

Advertisement

"This is the first time we've overviewed the research to see what individual and environmental characteristics predict the likelihood of becoming a bully, victim or both," said lead author Clayton R. Cook, of Louisiana State University.

"These groups share certain characteristics, but they also have unique traits. We hope this knowledge will help us better understand the conditions under which bullying occurs and the consequences it may have for individuals and the other people in the same settings. Ultimately, we want to develop better prevention and intervention strategies to stop the cycle before it begins," Cook added.
Advertisement

Cook and co-authors from the University of California at Riverside examined 153 studies from the last 30 years.

They found that boys bully more than girls, and bullies and victims both have poor social problem-solving skills. More than anything else, poor academic performance predicts those who will bully.

"A typical bully has trouble resolving problems with others and also has trouble academically. He or she usually has negative attitudes and beliefs about others, feels negatively toward himself/herself, comes from a family environment characterized by conflict and poor parenting, perceives school as negative and is negatively influenced by peers," said Cook.

"A typical victim is likely to be aggressive, lack social skills, think negative thoughts, experience difficulties in solving social problems, come from negative family, school and community environments and be noticeably rejected and isolated by peers," Cook added.

The typical bully-victim (someone who bullies and is bullied) also has negative attitudes and beliefs about himself or herself and others, the study found.

He or she has trouble with social interaction, does not have good social problem-solving skills, performs poorly academically and is not only rejected and isolated by peers but is also negatively influenced by the peers with whom he or she interacts, according to the study.

The study has been published by the American Psychological Association.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Ways to Manage Stress during COVID-19 Pandemic
Can Adjusting Fatty Acid Intake Improve Mood in Bipolar Disorder Patients?
Insulin Resistance Doubles the Risk of Major Depressive Disorder
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Amoebic Dysentery 

Recommended Reading
New Program Helps Preschoolers To Imbibe Reading and Social Skills
It is possible to teach preschoolers the pre-reading skills they need for later school success, ......
Childrens' Social Skills Improve With Parent Involvement
A new study shows children whose parents are more involved across elementary school have fewer ......
Bullying at School - Tips For Parents
Bullying can cause damage at the physical, psychological and emotional levels. Parents play a huge ....
Amoebic Dysentery
Amoebic dysentery or amoebiasis is an infection of the intestine that causes diarrhoea most frequent...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use