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Are Popular Kids MORE Likely To Be Bullied In School? You Have To Find Out What The Shocking New Research Reveals!

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Research shows popular kids are much more likely to be bullied than less popular kids!

There's no question that bullying is a very real issue that many kids struggle with everyday of their lives for various reasons. However new research shows that bullying can be just as bad (or arguably, worse) for popular kids than it is for kids who don't "fit in."

While it's definitely true that many kids are targeted by bullies for things that make them different, a sociologist at UC Davis (Bob Faris) was interested in a secondary kind of bullying called "instrumental targeting."

The theory is basically that students are much more likely to pick on someone who is more popular because they see it as an opportunity to climb the social ladder, and his studies seem to back this up.

Bob surveyed more than 4,000 kids in North Carolina and found that popular kids and their friends were targeted at higher rates and also had higher levels of anxiety and depression due to a fear of becoming less popular.

Of course, bullying is a huge issue regardless of where you stand on the social ladder, and it seems clear that something has to be done so kids stop looking at one another as competition.

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3 comments to “Are Popular Kids MORE Likely To Be Bullied In School? You Have To Find Out What The Shocking New Research Reveals!”

  1. 1

    WHO the bleep does these studies???!!!! Yeah, I was bullied and terrorized in high school because I was popular - NOT! My locker was vandalized, my books were constantly dumped out of my hands, they used me as "the whip" in roller skating in gym, someone globbed Vaseline in my hair. I can tell you NONE of the "popular girls" got treated like that - NOT ONE. People rolled out the red carpet for them. Me? I was one of the "smart kids" who refused to do their homework for them or let them cheat off me. BS on this "study". Oh maybe they feel pressure to stay popular and worry about not being popular (because then they MIGHT get bullied), but popular people getting bullied??/ Please!

  2. Noelle says – reply to this


    They suffer from more anxiety and depression for fear of becoming less popular??? lol. SPARE ME.

  3. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: kabuki girl – The same crap that popular people visit upon the non popular is practiced among themselves when someone is on the out. Cruelty knows no status.