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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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ALCKMIN-CARVALHO, Felipe; IZBICKI, Sarah  and  MELO, Márcia Helena da Silva. Behavior problems according to victim of bullying and their teachers. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.3, pp. 834-853. ISSN 1808-4281.

The goal of this study was to compare the scores of behavior problems reported by bullied teenagers and their teachers, and to discuss similarities and differences among them and their implications. The School Violence Scale and the translated version of the Peer Assessment were used to identify teenagers who were targets of bullying. To assess the behavior problems, we used the Youth Self Report and the Teacher Report Form. Fifty teenagers participated in the study, with mean age of 11.3 years (SD = 0.7). They were enrolled in two classes of Elementary Education II (6º and 7º grades) of a public school in Sao Paulo. Seven of them (14%) were identified as targets of bullying, from which four were males. Internalizing, externalizing and total behavior problems reached clinical level in most of the victims, according to themselves and their teachers, who also reported fewer internalizing behavior problems and more externalizing behavior problems when compared to bullied students' reports. There were statistically significant differences for externalizing problems reports (Z = -2.31, p = 0.01). The results provide information about patterns of interaction present in the evaluated group, confirming the importance of studies regarding this topic, as well as the studies about interventions that can reduce and prevent the occurrence of bullying.

Keywords : bullying; school violence; behavioral problems; multiple informants.

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