Gender bias in the measurement of peer victimization: An application of item response theory
Article first published online: 5 JUN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 39, Issue 5, pages 370–380, September-October 2013
How to Cite
Bevans, K. B., Bradshaw, C. P. and Waasdorp, T. E. (2013), Gender bias in the measurement of peer victimization: An application of item response theory. Aggr. Behav., 39: 370–380. doi: 10.1002/ab.21486
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 5 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 18 JUN 2012
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Grant Numbers: K01DP001130-01, K01CE001333-01, 1U49CE 000728-011
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: T32 MH18834
- peer victimization;
- gender bias;
There continues to be great debate regarding the conceptualization and measurement of peer victimization, particularly with respect to gender differences in children's victimization experiences. We employed traditional and modern psychometric methods (e.g., item response theory) to evaluate a 10-item youth-report measure of peer victimization (e.g., threatening, spreading rumors/lies, and cyberbullying) among 17,198 students in Grades 6–12. A two-factor model that differentiated between direct and indirect victimization subtypes best characterized students' experiences and substantially reduced the potential for gender-based measurement bias. Implications for the gender-sensitive assessment of peer victimization are discussed. Aggr. Behav. 39:370–380, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.