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What Predicts Bullying?

Can executive function (e.g. remembering details, shifting focus of attention, planning and organizing, etc.) and non-verbal intelligence predict bullying?  Over 1300 4-year-olds were assessed for level of executive function and then for non-verbal intelligence at age 6.  These children were then assessed in first and second grade for whether they participated in bullying at school.

A child’s ability to tune out unnecessary stimuli was predictive in determining that they would be a bully, a victim, or a bully-victim.  Children with high non-verbal intelligence were less likely to be a victim or a bully-victim.  

The research suggests that there may be benefit in training young children in areas of executive function as a means to improve their peer relationships.

Abstract: Executive Functioning and Non-Verbal Intelligence as Predictors of Bullying in Early Elementary School, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

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Some Numbers on Bullying

 “According to the National Education Association, 160,000 children stay home daily because they are afraid, depressed, humiliated and feel isolated in school because others taunt and or hurt them physically. In addition, two-thirds of children who are bullied say they don’t report it because their school lets them fend for themselves.”

Article: Parenting in a Nutshell: Help your child build resilience to school bullying, Shreveport Times