“Exploring the Stability and Instability of Aggressors, Victims and Aggressive-Victims from Childhood to Adolescence”
Brown bag lunch; light refreshments provided.
This is a free event, but registration is required (see below) by Friday, October 14.
Idean Ettekal, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions
University at Buffalo
From the time children begin going to school many will experience acts of aggression and bullying as perpetrators or victims, or both (aggressive-victims). Compared to children who are not involved in aggression or victimization, those who are aggressors or victims are at greater risk for psychological and academic problems. Furthermore, aggressive-victims appear to be at greatest risk.
To address these concerns, many schools have implemented bullying and aggression intervention programs. However, it is less well understood whether the same children are persistently involved in these experiences as they progress through school, and what other factors might contribute to this stability. Undoubtedly, children’s individual characteristics, their relationships with classmates and their schooling context are important factors to consider.
This talk explores the development of aggressors, victims and aggressive-victims from school entry through high school. Several factors are examined to gain a clearer picture of the characteristics and experiences of these distinct groups including children’s emotion dysregulation, shyness or withdrawal, peer rejection, friendships, and whether aggression is frequently used among classmates. These findings have implications for identifying potential factors to target in school-based intervention efforts during different periods of schooling.