Ecological correlates of bullying and peer victimization among urban African American adolescents

Jeoung Min Lee, Jun Sung Hong, Stella M. Resko, A. Antonio Gonzalez-Prendes, Dexter R. Voisin

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Adolescent bullying is a concern for adolescents, parents, teachers, school officials, and the general public. The purpose of the study is to apply Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems perspective and explore factors that are correlated with bullying perpetration and victimization among 638 urban African American adolescents in Chicago's Southside. Bullying victimization and perpetration are found to be influenced by microsystem-level factors, such as exposure to delinquent peers, teacher support, and neighborhood disorganization. An intervention strategy that involves teachers is particularly important. Anti-bullying intervention and prevention programs in urban schools need to account for the unique situations of urban African American adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-356
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Center for Health Administration Studies and the STI/HIV Intervention Network at the University of Chicago, which were awarded to Dr. Dexter R. Voisin. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of the last author’s previous institution. The last author collected the data for the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data. The authors assume responsibility for the accuracy of the data analysis.

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  • African American
  • bullying
  • ecological systems perspective
  • urban
  • victimization


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