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Correlates of and Consequences for Bully-Victims in a Sample of Serious Adolescent Offenders

NCJ Number
Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice Volume: 15 Issue: 4 Dated: 2017 Pages: 359-373
Alex R. Piquero; Nicole Leeoer-Piquero; Marion K. Underwood
Date Published
15 pages
This study extended prior research by investigating bully-victims in a sample of serious adolescent offenders (n = 1,354) who were followed for 7 years after their adjudication for a serious juvenile offense.
Previous research on bullying has demonstrated that youth who engage in bullying and are also victims of bullying are at increased risk for maladjustment. Somewhat less investigated are the correlates ofand consequences associated withthis small group of persons who are simultaneously perpetrators and victims of bullying, commonly referred to as bully-victims. The current study's analyses found that bully-victims had high levels of both symptomology and psychopathy, as well as lower levels of temperance. Bully-victims were at increased risk of experiencing a higher number of arrests at the end of the 7-year follow-up period. Implications for future research are highlighted. (publisher abstract modified)