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Peer aggression and victimisation: social behaviour strategies in early childhood in Spain

Peer aggression and victimisation: social behaviour strategies in early childhood in Spain

Garcia-Fernandez, Cristina M., Romera, Eva M., Monks, Claire ORCID: 0000-0003-2638-181X and Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario (2022) Peer aggression and victimisation: social behaviour strategies in early childhood in Spain. Early Childhood Education Journal. ISSN 1082-3301 (Print), 1573-1707 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-022-01348-9)

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Abstract

The present study aims to examine the issue of peer aggression and victimisation in early childhood, with a focus on the associated social behaviour strategies (aggressiveness, prosociality, dominance and social insecurity). A sample of 227 children (58.1% girls, n = 132) between the ages of 4 and 7 years (M = 5.61; SD = 1. 03) participated in the study. Teacher reports and peer nominations of physical and verbal aggression and victimisation were analysed. Results showed an association between aggressiveness and insecurity and being nominated as a physical and verbal aggressor by peers. Being nominated as a physical victim was associated with aggressiveness and dominance; and for verbal victim with aggressiveness and prosociality. Differences were found between boys and girls in verbal aggression and victimisation. The current study contributes to a better understanding of the emergence of peer aggression and victimisation in relation to social processes in early childhood and has implications for the prevention of the later appearance of bullying.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: preschool education; peer aggression and victimisation; physical and verbal aggression; behaviour strategies; social behaviour strategies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 12:53
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/36002

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