Personality and Connectedness as predictors of school bullying among adolescent boys

Zou, ManchongLimlunthang; NiveditaGanguli; Shahnawaz, Md Ghazi
October 2014
Journal of Indian Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Heal;2014, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p249
Academic Journal
Background: Available studies showed that bullying is a prominent issue among adolescents. The area is widely researched but mostly from the perspective of victims. Aim: The present research aimed to explore personality and connectedness of the bullies. Method: For this purpose data was collected from a sample of 50 bully boys who were identified by the school/counselor. Their personality was measured by NEO-FFI Inventory, while connectedness was measured by Hemingway Measure of Adolescent Connectedness Scale. The measures have good reliability in the current ample. Result: Result showed multiple correlation of 0.71 (p<.05) indicating strong relationship between predictors and criterion variable. Step wise regression produced three models and the final model explained 51% of the variance of the criterion variable (R square= .51, p<.005). Conclusion: Three predictors were identified and they were Conscientiousness,Peers, and Extraversion. Conscientiousness predicted bullying negatively, while Peers and Extraversion predicted bullying positively.


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