Navigation Links
School Bullies Often Popular, Survey Finds
Date:2/2/2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Middle school students who bully are often the most popular, a new study has found.

And the results were the same whether it was boys or girls who spread rumors, started fights or pushed other students around.

For the study, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, surveyed nearly 1,900 students in 99 classes at 11 Los Angeles middle schools. The surveys, conducted at different points during grades 7 and 8, asked the participants to name the students who were considered the "coolest" and the ones who were bullies.

The students who were named the coolest were also often named the most aggressive, and those considered the most aggressive were much more likely to be named the coolest. The findings suggest that bullying and popularity go hand in hand.

"The ones who are cool bully more, and the ones who bully more are seen as cool," study lead author Jaana Juvonen, a professor of psychology, said in a UCLA news release. "What was particularly interesting was that the form of aggression, whether highly visible and clearly confrontational or not, did not matter. Pushing or shoving and gossiping worked the same for boys and girls."

The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

The findings suggest that anti-bullying programs have to be subtle and sophisticated to succeed, Juvonen said.

"A simple message, such as 'bullying is not tolerated,' is not likely to be very effective" when bullying often increases a student's popularity, she noted in the news release.

Juvonen suggested that effective anti-bullying programs might need to be aimed at the bystanders, who play an important role and can either encourage or discourage bullying. Bystanders need to be made aware of the harm that bullying can do, she said.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about bullying.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles, news release, Jan. 24, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Holistic Learning Center Announces The Release Of A Tip Sheet On How To Choose A Life Coaching Certification School
2. Chips, Sodas Out, Healthier Fare In With New School Snack Rules
3. Medical School Ethics Policies May Affect How Doctors Prescribe
4. TheFamilyTravelFiles.com Posts the Best Snow Tubing Places for a Winter School Break Family Adventure
5. H&H Environmental Construction and Consulting Announces School Mold Removal Program
6. Diet, parental behavior, and preschool can boost childrens IQ
7. School system favors pupils driven by worry and conscientiousness
8. Acceleration Fitness Center Now Offering Group Training Programs for Middle and High School Athletes
9. Key elements in preventing homophobic bullying in schools
10. One Path to Fitter Kids: More P.E. at School
11. Asheville Academy Welcomes Experienced Clinician at Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
School Bullies Often Popular, Survey Finds
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... locations throughout Arkansas that offers insurance and financial preparation services, is providing an ... Rock City Rescue organization. , Rock City Rescue is a locally recognized nonprofit ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International Association of ... of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening of early ... in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. , The ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare ... scenic Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare ... activity. The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains ... possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to ... dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... 2017   Montrium , an industry leader ... the IQPC Trial Master Files & Inspection Readiness ... EastHORN Clinical Services has selected eTMF Connect ... management. EastHORN, a leading European contract research organization ... transparency to enable greater collaboration with sponsors, improve ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... venture-backed medical device company developing a non-invasive, robotically assisted, platform therapy that uses pulsed sound ... ... Jim Bertolina, PhD ... Tom Tefft ... device executive Josh Stopek , PhD, who has led R&D and business development teams ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... NEW YORK , Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis , ... supply chains, has published the first annual edition of its Global CSR ... than 20,400 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed ... ... & Performance Index ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: