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Child Dev. 2007 Nov-Dec;78(6):1706-22.

Subtypes, severity, and structural stability of peer victimization: what does latent class analysis say?

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Department of Education, University of California, Los Angeles, GSE&IS Box 951521, 2027 Moore Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521, USA.


This study uses latent class analysis (LCA) to empirically identify victimization groups during middle school. Approximately 2,000 urban, public middle school students (mean age in sixth grade = 11.57) reported on their peer victimization during the Fall and Spring semesters of their sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Independent LCA analyses at each semester yielded 3 victim classes based on victimization degree rather than type (e.g., physical vs. relational). The most victimized class always represented the smallest proportion of the sample, decreasing from 20% in sixth grade to 6% by the end of eighth grade. This victimized class also always reported feeling less safe at school concurrently and more depressed than others 1 semester later, illustrating the validity of the LCA approach.

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