Victims of school bullying are more prone to develope violent behavior in future
The University of Cordoba and the University of Cambridge have collectively researched aspects related to violence, thus helping decrease its risks and prevent it.
Washington: The University of Cordoba and the University of Cambridge have collectively researched aspects related to violence, thus helping decrease its risks and prevent it.
In their latest piece of research, they studied possible risk and protection factors for violence and, in this way, they verified whether violent behavior can be predicted months or even years before it develops.
Specifically, the study focused on finding out if morality, victimization, empathy, and social and emotional skills predict the expression of different violent behaviors in children and adolescents in different contexts, including at school and in a family setting.
"These behaviors refer to, for instance, troubling behavior at home, including physical violence towards parents and siblings, at school, including physical violence towards teaching staff and schoolmates, and other settings, including bad behavior in public", said Raquel Espejo Siles, doctoral student at the University of Cordoba who carried out this research during her stay at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge thanks to one of the ELMER grants from the Diputacion de Cordoba.
Raquel Espejo worked with Izabela Zych, Professor at the Psychology Department at the University of Cordoba and part of the LAECOVI research group, whose line of research is this study's framework.
The study also had the participation of David P. Farrington, Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and Vicente J. Llorent, Professor at the Education Department at the University of Cordoba.
871 students between 10 and 17 years of age at different Andalusian educational centers took part in the research. They filled out two questionnaires, one in June 2017 and one in June 2018.
"It is important to prevent violence, both victimization and bullying, since the data found in this study and others indicate that violence is a vicious cycle. Being the aggressor or the victim entails a high risk of developing the opposite role, reinforcing and increasing violence both at school and outside of school," said Raquel Espejo.
According to this research study, enabling teenagers to reassess their goals and the consequences of their violent behavior could have an impact on decreasing violence further down the road.
In addition, teaching different strategies to resolve issues in a different way could help them to compare and see the high individual and social price to pay for violent behavior. (ANI)