The power of friendship: protection against an escalating cycle of peer victimization.

  title={The power of friendship: protection against an escalating cycle of peer victimization.},
  author={Ernest Van Every Hodges and Michel Boivin and Frank Vitaro and William M. Bukowski},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={35 1},
This study examined 2 aspects of friendship (presence and perceived qualities of a best friend) as moderators of behavioral antecedents and outcomes of peer victimization. A total of 393 children (188 boys and 205 girls) in the 4th and 5th grades (mean age = 10 years 7 months) participated during each of 2 waves of data collection in this 1-year longitudinal study. Results indicated that teacher-reported internalizing and externalizing behaviors predicted increases in peer-reported… 

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