Sociale status van daders van pesten, slachtoffers van pesten en niet-betrokkenen op de basisschool.Mons, M.A.; Atten, A. van; Nueman, D.M.S.; Sousa Fortes, C. de

In recent years the idea that bullies have a deficit in social information processing has become increasingly challenged among investigators. On the contrary they seem to be very socially skilled and it is assumed that bullying is a manner to acquire and maintain social status. The question is whether bullies, victims and non-involved children vary in social status. By using peer nominations of 1001 children aged 9 to 12 years old, the present study therefore examines to what extent these children differ on resource control, perceived popularity, social acceptance and friendship. MANOVA-analysis show that bullying is positively and victimization negatively associated with resource control, perceived popularity and friendship nominations. Regarding social acceptance, however, non-involved children are most accepted. Results stress the importance of taking account of bullying as a social group process.