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A cross-national comparison of peer-victimisation in preschools in England, Italy and Spain

A cross-national comparison of peer-victimisation in preschools in England, Italy and Spain

Monks, Claire P. ORCID: 0000-0003-2638-181X, Palermiti, Analisa, Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario and Costabile, Angela (2007) A cross-national comparison of peer-victimisation in preschools in England, Italy and Spain. In: 13rh European Conference on Developmental Psychology, 21-25 August 2007, Jena, Germany. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Although there have been three decades of research investigating bullying in schools, it has only been during the past 5 years that research has focused on peer-victimisation during the preschool period. However, this is an age which has been identified as being important both theoretically and practically for the development of interventions and as possibly being the age at which personal and social identities which later develop into the roles of aggressor or victim begin to develop. This study compares the behaviour of preschool children during episodes of peer-victimisation in three European countries; England, Spain and Italy. The results provide further confirmation that some children behave aggressively towards their peers during preschool in each of the countries studied. Across the three countries there are similarities in terms of gender differences in the roles taken, the types of aggression and victimization experienced, and the characteristics of those children involved in peer-victimization. The results also highlight several subtle differences between the countries which deserve further investigation. The findings are discussed in relation to furthering our understanding of the development of peer-victimisation in preschools and the need for interventions which tackle this phenomenon.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: victimisation, preschool, aggression, prosocial behaviour
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4890

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