Aggressors and Victims: Do They Differ?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 66–67. Reviews the book, Aggression in the Schools: Bullies and Whipping Boys by Dan Olweus (see record 1979-32242-000). This book presents the results of a highly focused, methodologically sound series of empirical studies. The purpose of these investigations was to describe the personal, social, and environmental processes that underlie the actions of bullies and their victims–whipping boys. It is the thoroughness of the scientific inquiry that represents the strongest point of this book. Although many of the data were oriented toward investigating the interaction between the performance of behavior and environmental factors, the setting variables had no effect. Prior to establishing costly intervention programs to alter the behavior of these children, their long term adjustment patterns should be documented through longitudinal studies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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