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Distressed bullies, social positioning, and odd victims: Young people's explanations of bullying
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9233-3862
2015 (English)In: Children & society, ISSN 0951-0605, E-ISSN 1099-0860, Vol. 29, no 1, 15-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study was to investigate to what degree teenagers agree with bullying explanation statements that could be categorised as the odd victim explanation, bully's social positioning explanation, or the distressed bully explanation. A second aim was to investigate how these types of bullying explanations might be associated with gender and self-reported prior bullying roles. Three hundred and fifty teenagers, attending three upper secondary schools in a medium-sized Swedish town, completed a questionnaire. Although the teenagers were prone to agree with all three types of bullying explanations, they were more inclined to think that bullying occurs because the bully wants power or status. Girls were more inclined than boys to think that bullying takes place because the bullies have their own problems. The more the teenagers thought that bullying occurs because the victims are odd, different or deviant, the more they have been involved in bullying situations as bullies or reinforcers. The more the teenagers thought that bullying occurs because the bully has psychosocial problems, the more they have been involved as defenders and the less as bullies or reinforcers in bullying situations.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Vol. 29, no 1, 15-25 p.
Keyword [en]
bullying, attribution, social positioning, blaming the victim, victim attribution, normality, deviance, youth, adolescence, teenage
Keyword [sv]
mobbning, attribuering, social positionering, offerattribuering, normalitet, avvikelse, tonår, ungdom
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Pedagogy Social Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105640DOI: 10.1111/chso.12015ISI: 000348844700002OAI: diva2:709193
Available from: 2014-03-31 Created: 2014-03-31 Last updated: 2016-05-04

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