Bullying is a group process in which youths have different roles (bully, assistant, reinforcer, defender, outsider, victim). Although many studies have examined the group process of bullying in childhood, few have examined the group process of bullying in adolescence. This paper addresses how the group process of bullying is different in adolescence than in childhood due to the greater importance of popularity in adolescence. We review studies on the prevalence of the bullying participant roles in adolescence and the social status and behaviors associated with them. We discuss practical implications for anti-bullying programs in secondary school and provide suggestions for further research.

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Keywords Adolescence, Bullying, Participant roles, Peer relationships, Popularity, Victimization
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2018.10.003, hdl.handle.net/1765/111503
Journal Aggression and Violent Behavior
Pouwels, J.L. (J. Loes), Lansu, T.A.M. (Tessa A.M.), & Cillessen, A.H.N. (2018). A developmental perspective on popularity and the group process of bullying. Aggression and Violent Behavior (Vol. 43, pp. 64–70). doi:10.1016/j.avb.2018.10.003