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  • New Research on Popular Kids and Peer Victimization

    April 4, 2014

    There is an interesting new study that was done in North Carolina that goes beyond the idea of powerful bullies and powerless victims and looks at the social structures related to teen behaviors.  The surprising result was the distress that many of the popular kids (the ones with social clout) were suffering as they are victimized by their peers.

    We spend a lot of time focused on the kids who are more isolated or picked on for their differences.  This continues to be a concern but we need to also be mindful of the students who may not appear to be on the outside of social circles.

    This is a link to an excellent article by Emily Bazelon (author of Sticks and Stones) that provides a summary of the study and what this research means: The Harder They Fall.

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