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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon The Journal of Early Adolescence DOI: 10.1177/0272431605279837 2005; 25; 453 The Journal of Early Adolescence Julie C. Rusby, Kathleen K. Forrester, Anthony Biglan and Carol W. Metzler Relationships Between Peer Harassment and Adolescent Problem Behaviors The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: can be found at: The Journal of Early Adolescence Additional services and information for Email Alerts: Subscriptions: Reprints: Permissions: SAGE Journals Online and HighWire Press platforms): (this article cites 38 articles hosted on the Citations © 2005 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. at Ebsco Electronic Journals Service (EJS) on August 11, 2008 Downloaded from
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10.1 7 /0272431605279837 JOURNAL OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE / November 2005 Rusby et al. / PE R HARAS MENT Relationships Between Peer Harassment and Adolescent Problem Behaviors Julie C. Rusby Kathleen K. Forrester Anthony Biglan Carol W. Metzler Oregon Research Institute Concurrentandpredictiverelationshipsbetweenpeer harassmentandproblembehavior were examined for middle and high school students as well as gender differences in these relationships. Students recruited in fifth through seventh grades ( n = 223) and their par- ents provided quarterly questionnaire data and were followed up into high school. As hypothesized, experiencing frequent peer harassment in middle school was associated with greater problem behavior concurrently and prospectively into high school. Students experiencing frequent harassment exhibited more aggressive and antisocial behavior and were more likely to associate with deviant peers and use cigarettes during middle school than those experiencing some or no harassment. In regression analyses, frequent verbal harassment predicted antisocial behavior, alcohol use, and deviant peer associa- tioninhighschool,andfrequentphysicalharassmentpredictedlaterantisocialbehavior, aggression, deviant peer association, and multiple problem behavior. Gender inter- actions were found for prediction of later aggressive and antisocial behavior. Keywords: peer harassment; adolescence; delinquency; problem behavior; bullying This article examines the relationship between peer harassment and adoles- cents’ involvement in other problem behaviors in middle and high school. Educators and policy makers have become increasingly concerned about harassment in schools because of evidence that it is common and that it con- tributes to adjustment problems (e.g., Hodges, Boivin, Vitaro, & Bukowski, 1999; Kochenderfer & Ladd, 1996). The present study examines student re- ports of their exposure to verbal and physical harassment from other students 453 This research was supported by Grant #DA09306 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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