A cluster analytic investigation of victimization among high school students: Are profiles differentially associated with psychological symptoms and school belonging?

Melissa K. Holt, Dorothy L. Espelage

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Abstract

Victimization experiences of 504 racially diverse high school students were evaluated. Questionnaires assessed sexual harassment victimization, psychological and physical abuse in dating relationships, peer victimization, childhood sexual abuse, school belonging, and psychological functioning. Results showed that 70% of students had been sexually harassed by peers during the past year, 40% had experienced physical dating violence, 66% had been victimized by emotional abuse in dating relationships, and 54% had been bullied. A cluster analysis of victimization measures revealed heterogeneity in victimization experiences; five distinct groups of students emerged. Individuals who had experienced multiple forms of victimization tended to have lower psychological well-being and a diminished sense of school belonging. Results are discussed in terms of implications for clinical and school interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools
Subtitle of host publicationThe Next Generation of Prevention
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages81-98
Number of pages18
Volume19
Edition2
ISBN (Print)9780203725528
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Race
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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