An Attributional Approach to Peer Victimization

Published in: Peer Harassment in School: The Plight of the Vulnerable and Victimized / Edited by J. Jovonen, S. Graham (New York: Guilford Press, 2001), Chapter 2, p. 49-71

by Sandra Graham, Jaana Juvonen

In this chapter, the authors examine self-ascriptions, or how victims construe the causes of their plight and how this belief pattern might impact interpersonal consequences such as loneliness, anxiety, and passivity. Then the authors focus on attributions about others, or what victims, and how this belief pattern might influence interpersonal consequences such as rejection and neglect. The chapter concludes with a discussion of theoretical. methodological, and applied concerns that may serve as guides for future research on peer victimization from an attributional perpective.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation External publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/research-integrity.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.