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.

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