Social Alienation & Bullying

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Consequences of Bullying
A survey was conducted of 447 high school students and their experience with physical, verbal, social, and cyber bullying over the past 6 months.
is the subjective perception that one is being purposefully isolated and made to feel like a universally unwanted outsider.
% Students IdentifYING As Alienated
No Alienation 9.1% Slight Alienation 40.7% Some Alienation 25.9%
Significant alienation 15.8% Constant Alienation 6.2%
Need to belong
attachment anxiety
hostile attribution biases
They want to fit in
But they worry about being rejected
And they perceive others' behaviors as intending to harm them.
Social Alienation Profile
Social and Cyber
Students targeted by social and cyber bullying report significantly higher rates of alienation than other forms of bullying.
Those who experienced bullying were significantly more likely to report feeling alienated then those who were not bullied.
Experiences with Bullying
Group aggression
Those who experience physical bullying by a group were significantly more likely to to report feeling alienated than those who were only targeted by a single individual.
lower self-esteem
physically suffer
Effects of Bullying
hurt more emotionally
think there was no where to turn for help
socially withdraw
When socially alienated youth were bullied they were more likely to...
...than those who didn't feel alienated.
Type of Bullying Matters
Withdrawal was more likely when the alienated individual experienced verbal or relational bullying.
Lashing out was more likely when the alienated individuals were subjected to physical or cyber bullying.
Verbal or Relational
physical or cyber
This project was funded by the National Institute of Justice School Safety Initiative
Included in the survey were 6 items assessing how much the bullying experience made them feel alienated. Jessor, R., & Jessor, S. (1977). Problem behavior and psychosocial development: A longitudinal study of youth. New York, NY: Academic Press.