Middle school bullying as a context for the development of passive observers to the victimization of others

Linda R. Jeffrey, De Mond Miller, Margaret Linn

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Abstract

School bullies create a climate of fear and intimidation that may affect not only those students who are the direct targets of the bullying but also the secondary victims (i.e., those students who witness the victimization of peers). Results from a survey of New Jersey middle school students indicate that eighth graders were significantly more indifferent to bullying and less sympathetic to victims than fifth graders. Older students were also more likely to identify themselves as outsiders and bully's assistants in bullying situations. In the absence of bullying prevention programs, witnesses to peer aggression become less willing to intervene on behalf of victims and more indifferent to the distress of the victim. The implications of these fmdings for the prevention of bullying and the achievement of civic responsibility are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBullying Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Issues, Research, and Interventions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages143-156
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317994503
ISBN (Print)9780789014368
StatePublished - Oct 18 2013

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Bullying
Crime Victims
victimization
exclusion
Students
witness
student
assistant
aggression
climate
Aggression
anxiety
Fear
responsibility
school

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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Jeffrey, L. R., Miller, D. M., & Linn, M. (2013). Middle school bullying as a context for the development of passive observers to the victimization of others. In Bullying Behavior: Current Issues, Research, and Interventions (pp. 143-156). Taylor and Francis.
Jeffrey, Linda R. ; Miller, De Mond ; Linn, Margaret. / Middle school bullying as a context for the development of passive observers to the victimization of others. Bullying Behavior: Current Issues, Research, and Interventions. Taylor and Francis, 2013. pp. 143-156
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Jeffrey LR, Miller DM, Linn M. Middle school bullying as a context for the development of passive observers to the victimization of others. In Bullying Behavior: Current Issues, Research, and Interventions. Taylor and Francis. 2013. p. 143-156