Title

Bullying Status and Behavior Patterns of Preadolescents and Adolescents with Behavioral Disorders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 11-2009

Publication Source

Education and Treatment of Children

Volume

32

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

655-671

Publisher

West Virginia University Press-Morgantown

Place of Publication

West Virginia Universty

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

A peer-rating scale was employed to identify the bullying status and behavior patterns of 27 preadolescents and adolescents with BD who were included in general education classes. Together with responses of 247 peers (total n = 274), results indicated that 11% of the students with BD were labeled bullies (vs. 11% of peers), 33% victims (vs. 9% of peers), and 15% bully/victims (vs. 4% of peers). Statistically significant differences were found in bullying status and behavior patterns. Bullies tended to be inattentive and hyperactive with limited prosocial interactions. Victims, as well as being withdrawn, were more inattentive and hyperactive than non-bully/non-victims. Bully/victims were highly inattentive and hyperactive. Students with BD were unilaterally rated as having increased behavior problems and decreased prosocial skills.

Keywords

bullying status, bullying behaviors, behavior disorders, bullying, preadolescent, adolescent

Disciplines

Education | Special Education and Teaching

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