Bullies, Victims Share Traits

BATON ROUGE, La., July 16 (UPI) — Bullies and their victims both can lack social problem-solving skills, a review of studies by U.S. researchers found.

However, the review, published in the School Psychology Quarterly, also determined those having academic troubles are even more likely to become bullies.

“This is the first time we’ve overviewed the research to see what individual and environmental characteristics predict the likelihood of becoming a bully, victim or both,” lead author Clayton R. Cook of Louisiana State University said in a statement.

“These groups share certain characteristics, but they also have unique traits.”

Cook and co-authors from the University of California at Riverside examined 153 studies from the last three decades and found boys bully more than girls, bullies and victims both have poor social problem-solving skills, but, poor academic performance predicts those who will bully.

“A typical bully has trouble resolving problems with others and also has trouble academically,” Cook said. “He or she usually has negative attitudes and beliefs about others, feels negatively toward himself/herself, comes from a family environment characterized by conflict and poor parenting, perceives school as negative and is negatively influenced by peers.”

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