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Bullying Victimization and Extracurricular Activity

NCJ Number
Journal of School Violence Volume: 7 Issue: 3 Dated: 2008 Pages: 71-85
Anthony A. Peguero
Date Published
15 pages
This study investigated the relationships between bullying-victimization and students’ extracurricular activity and misbehavior.
The study found that as students’ socioeconomic status increased, their likelihood of being bullied at school increased. Female students were less likely than male students to be bullied while in school. As student’s standardization test scores increased, their odds of reporting bullying victimization while in school decreased. Latino and Black students were less likely than White students to report bullying victimization while in school. The study also revealed that students who were involved in three or more classroom-related extracurricular activities or intramural sports were likely to be a victim of bullying, while interscholastic athletes were less likely to be bullied. The research indicates that each distinct category of extracurricular activity reveals different relationships with the likelihood of victimization, and also supports findings that suggest that children who misbehave are more likely to be victims of violence. The data was derived from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002, a survey administered through the U.S. Department of Education. The subsample included 7,990 public school White, Black, and Latino students in 578 public schools. Associations were examined between various activities of 10th grade public school students--including classroom related activities, club, interscholastic sports, intramural sports, and misbehavior--and their likelihood of being bullied at school. Tables, references