Peer Victimization and Mental Health During Early Adolescence

Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Theory Into Practice (Impact Factor: 0.63). 04/2007; 46(2):138-146. DOI: 10.1080/00405840701233081


In this article, the authors describe recent re-search on peer victimization and its mental health consequences during early adolescence. They begin with a working definition of peer victim-ization that distinguishes it from lethal school violence and from simple conflict between peers. They then present a psychosocial profile of youth who are chronic victims of harassment, with a particular focus on their mental health chal-lenges. To aid the understanding of the plight of victims, the authors contrast their profiles with those of bullies and with those of adolescents who have characteristics of both bullies and victims. Some unanswered questions in the peer victim- ization literature are then considered, such as whether there are gender and ethnic differences in the experience of victimization and the stability of victim status. The article concludes with a dis-cussion of implications for both school-wide and targeted interventions to reduce victimization and with suggestions to teachers for concrete actions they can take to promote a safer environment for their students.

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    Eğitim ve Bilim 08/2014; 39(174). DOI:10.15390/EB.2014.2435 · 0.32 Impact Factor
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    • "Adults should refrain from bullying students and other adults (i.e., colleagues , parents) at school (Graham & Bellmore, 2007). In addition, teachers also need to incorporate school climate interventions into the regular curriculum and use teachable moments to openly discuss difficult topics (e.g., popularity, power, social ostracism) related to bullying (Cohen & Geier, 2010; Graham & Bellmore, 2007). Last but not least, bullying is not only a behavior problem, but also a mental health problem. "
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    • "The results show that student psychological health is not directly associated with victimization by students and student maltreatment by teachers. The findings are consistent with large-scale empirical studies on school victimization conducted in Taiwan or other countries (e.g., Chen & Wei, 2011b; Malecki et al., 2008), but conflict with theories and most Western studies indicating strong direct associations between school victimization and student psychological health (e.g., Baldry, 2003, 2004; Chen & Wei, 2011a; Flannery et al., 2004; Gladstone et al., 2006; Graham & Bellmore, 2007). The findings may imply that the direct impact of exposure to school violence on student psychological health in Taiwan is weaker than in most Western countries (Chen & Wei, 2011b). "
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: This paper examines how peer social support mediates the association between school victimization and student psychological health among junior-high students in an Asian context (Taiwan), and further examines how gender and ethnicity differ in the interrelationships of school violence, peer social support and psychological health. Methods: Data were obtained from a large-scale random sample of 1650 junior-high students (grades 7-9) in one diverse county of Taiwan. Students were given an anonymous structured questionnaire, including items regarding basic demographics and school social experiences. Results: The results of structural equation modeling analysis provided a good fit for the sample as a whole. The final model accounted for 26% of the variance in student psychological health. Overall findings showed that student psychological health is not significantly directly associated with victimization by students and student maltreatment by teachers; however, student psychological health is indirectly associated with victimization by students, mediated through peer social support. Similar findings were found for both male and female and both Han Chinese and Indigenous students. Conclusion: The findings imply that peer social support plays an important mediating role between exposure to school violence and student psychological health. The findings provide empirical evidence and information to help school practitioners and policymakers justify developing or incorporating social support into prevention and intervention strategies. The findings suggest that interventions or policies promoting social support incorporated at a national level could be effective across genders and ethnicities in Taiwan.
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