the bully infects

British Psychological SocietyYoung girls are far more prone than boys to getting stuck in the role of bullying victim.

Among the girls, the 44 who were victims of so-called “direct bullying” (physical and verbal abuse) at baseline, were two and a half times more likely than their classmates to also be a victim of direct bullying at follow up. Boys who were victims of direct bullying at baseline were no more likely than their classmates to be a victim at follow up.

The researchers said that girls’ “tightly knit” friendship networks could make it difficult for them to “escape the victimization role”.