Subtypes, Severity, and Structural Stability of Peer Victimization: What Does Latent Class Analysis Say?
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2007
Volume 78, Issue 6, pages 1706–1722, November/December 2007
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Nylund, K., Bellmore, A., Nishina, A. and Graham, S. (2007), Subtypes, Severity, and Structural Stability of Peer Victimization: What Does Latent Class Analysis Say?. Child Development, 78: 1706–1722. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01097.x
- Issue published online: 3 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2007
This study uses latent class analysis (LCA) to empirically identify victimization groups during middle school. Approximately 2,000 urban, public middle school students (mean age in sixth grade = 11.57) reported on their peer victimization during the Fall and Spring semesters of their sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Independent LCA analyses at each semester yielded 3 victim classes based on victimization degree rather than type (e.g., physical vs. relational). The most victimized class always represented the smallest proportion of the sample, decreasing from 20% in sixth grade to 6% by the end of eighth grade. This victimized class also always reported feeling less safe at school concurrently and more depressed than others 1 semester later, illustrating the validity of the LCA approach.