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      Bullying as strategic behavior: Relations with desired and acquired dominance in the peer group

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      Journal of School Psychology
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          To examine whether bullying is strategic behavior aimed at obtaining or maintaining social dominance, 1129 9- to 12-year-old Dutch children were classified in terms of their role in bullying and in terms of their use of dominance oriented coercive and prosocial social strategies. Multi-informant measures of participants' acquired and desired social dominance were also included. Unlike non-bullying children, children contributing to bullying often were bistrategics in that they used both coercive and prosocial strategies and they also were socially dominant. Ringleader bullies also expressed a higher desire to be dominant. Among non-bullying children, those who tended to help victims were relatively socially dominant but victims and outsiders were not. Generally, the data supported the claim that bullying is dominance-oriented strategic behavior, which suggests that intervention strategies are more likely to be successful when they take the functional aspects of bullying behavior into account.

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                Journal
                Journal of School Psychology
                Journal of School Psychology
                Elsevier BV
                00224405
                June 2011
                June 2011
                : 49
                : 3
                : 339-359
                Article
                10.1016/j.jsp.2011.03.003
                21640248
                c1163207-aeda-43ea-9bd3-d386d2b8d0e0
                © 2011

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