The Relationship Between Peer Victimization And Academic Achievement

1354 Words Jul 28th, 2015 6 Pages
I have been reading about the relationship between peer victimization (bullying, cyberbullying, and/or other types of abuse) and academic achievement. By design, I chose studies that were each focused on a participant groups of a different age.
Gaining a deeper understanding of these potential connections would be valuable to anyone involved in creating positive environments where children and teens can learn and thrive. Specific stakeholders who might benefit include parents, family members, caregivers, educators, policymakers, mental health professionals, and nonprofit organizations. Participants in the study conducted by Schwartz, Gorman, Nakamoto, and Toblin (2005) were third and fourth grade students. The combined results of the study indicated that peer victimization did have a negative impact on the academic functioning of the participants. However, in multiple instances, the authors cautioned that further study is needed. The authors also hypothesized that peer victimization may lead to future academic issues because these unpleasant experiences with peers might disrupt a the child’s learning progress. The disruption, in turn, could result in children experiencing difficulty getting back on track. If we accept this hypothesis, then it’s possible that today’s victimization incidents may predict both current and longer-term academic challenges. A study conducted by Morrow, Hubbard, and Swift (2014) involved fifth grade students and…
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