Anchoring Bullying and Victimization in Children Within a Five-Factor Model-Based Person-Centred Framework
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 280–289, May/June 2013
How to Cite
De Bolle, M. and Tackett, J. L. (2013), Anchoring Bullying and Victimization in Children Within a Five-Factor Model-Based Person-Centred Framework. Eur. J. Pers., 27: 280–289. doi: 10.1002/per.1901
- Issue published online: 21 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 16 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 4 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 14 JUN 2011
- Five-Factor Model;
Although researchers have begun to explore bullying and victimization problems from a personality perspective, more work is needed on the particular personality constellations of children and adolescents who are vulnerable to victimization or prone to bullying. The principal research goal of the present study was to anchor the robust four-group classification of bullying and victimization (i.e. bullies, victims, bully/victims and uninvolved children) within the Five-Factor Model-based person-centred framework in primary school children (N = 660), controlling for gender. We found four distinct personality types in middle childhood: a mixed type, an undercontrolled type, a moderate type and a resilient type. In line with expectations, we found that a resilient personality profile protected children and adolescents against victimization and that children and adolescents with an undercontrolled or mixed personality profile were at increased risk to be bully/victims, rather than uninvolved in bully problems or victimization, compared with children with a moderate personality profile. Implications for theory and practice are discussed. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.