Studies offer insight into the motivation of bullies

05/23/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Children and adults who act as bullies may actually be seeking approval from their peers, two new studies suggest. One of the studies, which looked at children ages 9 to 12, found that many school bullies only sought the approval of members of the same gender and disregarded the opinion of the opposite gender. "Bullies are very strategic in their behavior," the study's lead author said. "They're looking for attention and affection from their own peer group."

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