The Relationship of Bullying to Other Delinquent Behavior

David Huizinga, University of Colorado at Boulder
Amanda Elliott, University of Colorado at Boulder

There is much recent interest in the prevention of bullying and the development of anti-bullying programs, in part as a prevention strategy for violence. However, there is not a great deal of information about the relationship of bullying to other proscribed delinquent behavior, including other aggression and violence. Thus, is it uncertain to what extent bullying, especially when considered with other known risk factors, is itself a risk factor for subsequent violence. Using developmental data from the Denver Youth Survey, this presentation examines (1) the prevalence of bullying at different ages in a high-risk sample (2) the concurrent relationship of bullying to other forms of delinquency including violent behavior, and (3) the relationship of bullying during childhood to subsequent delinquency and violence during adolescence.

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