Bullying, Rejection, & Peer Victimization

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Bullying, Rejection, & Peer Victimization

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A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective


  • Monica J. Harris PhD

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Both children and adults who experience chronic peer victimization are at considerable risk for a host of adverse psychological consequences, including depression, aggression, even suicidal ideation. Bullying, Rejection, and Peer Victimization is the only book that addresses bullying across the developmental spectrum, covering child, adolescent, and adult populations.

The contributors offer in-depth analyses on traditional aggression and victimization (physical bullying) as well as social rejection (emotional bullying). Peer and family relationships, relational aggression, and cyber-bullying are just a few of the important topics discussed.

Key Features:

  • Analyzes both perpetrator's and victim's sides of the peer victimization experience
  • Explores how gender traits influence aggression
  • Investigates how family dynamics influence chronic peer victimization
  • Examines the relationships between social status, power, and aggression

This text offers a wealth of insight into the experiences of victims of peer bullying, using cutting-edge theoretical perspectives, including social cognition, social ecology, genetics and genetic-environment interactions, and social cognitive neuroscience."

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 11, 2009
  • Page Count 396
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826103789
  • EISBN 9780826103796

Table of Contents 

I. Introduction
1. Taking Bullying and Rejection (Inter)personally: Benefits of a Social Psychological Approach to Peer Victimization
II. Theoretical Perspectives
2. A Child and Environment Framework for Studying Risk for Peer Victimization
3. Exploring the Experience of Social Rejection in Adults and Adolescents: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective
4. Why's Everybody Always Picking on Me? Social Cognition, Emotion Regulation, and Chronic Peer Victimization in Children
III. Aggression and Victimization
5. The Importance of Personality and Effortful Control Processes in Victimization
6. A Person x Situation Approach to Understanding Aggressive Behavior and Underlying Aggressogenic Thought
7. Contributions of Three Social Theories to Understanding Bullying Perpetration and Victimization Among School-Aged Youth
8. Sex Differences in Aggression From an Adaptive Perspective
IV. Rejection and Relational Aggression
9. The Pain of Exclusion: Using Insights From Neuroscience to Understand Emotional and Behavioral Responses to Social Exclusion
10. Looking Before Leaping: The Role of Social Expectancies in Attachment Regulation Following Interpersonal Rejection
11. Social Rejection and Aggression: Social Rejection Leads to Aggression, Emotional Numbness, Decreased Self-Awareness, Diminished Self-Regulatory Effort, Hostile Cognitive Bias, and the Perception of Life as Less Meaningful
12. Is Ostracism Worse Than Bullying?
V. Victimization and the Larger Peer Context
13. Bullying as Means to Foster Compliance
14. Social Networks and Peer Victimization: The Contexts of Children's Victimization by Peers
15. Using Social Network Analysis as a Lens to Examine Socially Isolated Youth