Birds of a feather bully together: Group processes and children's responses to bullying

Jones, Sian; Manstead, Antony S. R. and Livingstone, Andrew. 2009. Birds of a feather bully together: Group processes and children's responses to bullying. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 27(4), pp. 853-873. ISSN 0261-510X [Article]

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Recent research has shown that a group-level analysis can inform our understanding of school bullying. The present research drew on social identity theory and intergroup emotion theory. Nine- to eleven-year olds were randomly assigned to the same group as story characters who were described as engaging in bullying, as being bullied, or as neither engaging in bullying nor being bullied. Participants read a story in which a bully, supported by his or her group, was described as acting unkindly towards a child in a different group. Gender of protagonists and the bully's group norm (to be kind or unkind to other children) were varied. Identification affected responses to the bullying incident, such that those who identified more highly with each group favoured this group. Moreover, children's group membership predicted the group-based emotions they reported, together with the associated action tendencies. Implications for understanding the processes underlying bullying behaviour are discussed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1348/026151008X390267

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
November 2009Published

Item ID:

15278

Date Deposited:

08 Dec 2015 21:57

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04 Jul 2017 09:16

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/15278

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