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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

Editorial Board: Birch, Diana ML / Blum, Robert W. / Greydanus, MD, Dr. HC (Athens), Donald E. / Hardoff, Daniel / Kerr, Mike / Levy, Howard B / Morad, Mohammed / Omar, Hatim A. / de Paul, Joaquin / Rydelius, Per-Anders / Shek, Daniel T.L. / Sher, Leo / Silber, Tomas J. / Towns, Susan / Urkin, Jacob / Verhofstadt-Deneve, Leni / Zeltzer, Lonnie / Tenenbaum, Ariel

CiteScore 2018: 0.79

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.350
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.476

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Volume 24, Issue 1


Bullying: a stepping stone to dating aggression?

Wendy L. Josephson / Debra Pepler
Published Online: 2011-11-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh.2012.006


Bullying is the use of power and aggression to control and distress another. In this paper, we review research to explore whether the lessons learned in bullying provide a stepping stone to aggressive behavior in dating relationships. We start by considering definitions and a relationship framework with which to understand both bullying and dating aggression. We consider bullying from a developmental-contextual perspective and consider risk factors associated with the typical developmental patterns for bullying and dating aggression, including developmental and sociodemographic, individual attributes, and family, peer group, community, and societal relationship contexts that might lead some children and youths to follow developmental pathways that lead to bullying and dating aggression. We conclude by discussing implications for intervention with a review of evidence-based interventions.

Keywords: bullying; dating aggression; dating violence; development

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Corresponding author: Wendy L. Josephson, Department of Psychology, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB, R3B 2E9, Canada

Received: 2011-06-03

Revised: 2011-08-05

Accepted: 2011-08-22

Published Online: 2011-11-29

Published in Print: 2012-03-01

Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages 37–47, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh.2012.006.

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