The Relationship of Bullying to Other Delinquent Behavior

David Huizinga, University of Colorado at Boulder
Abigail Fagan, University of Queensland
Amanda Elliott, University of Colorado at Boulder

There is 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. In addition, there is little information about risk factors for bullying, since most prevention programs have taken a suppression approach. Using developmental data from the denver Youth Survey, this presentation examines (1) the prevalence of bully8ing at different ages in a high-risk sample, (2) the concurrent relationship of bullying to other forms of deoinquency including violent behavior, (3) the relationship of bullying during childhood to subsequent delinquency and violence during adolescence, and (4) the similarities and differences of risk factors for different types of bullying.

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Updated 05/20/2006