When friends bully

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This study focused on adolescent relationships and the harm experienced from peer aggression and bullying within those relationships. Based on the Interpersonal Circumplex Model (ICM), it was expected that aggression between best friends would be minimal and much less frequent than aggressive interactions with others. Perceived as betrayal, aggression involving best friends was expected to be more harmful than aggression instigated by someone with whom the victim was not as close. Data involving 843 Australian students aged 11-16 using the Student Aggression and Victimisation Questionnaire (Skrzypiec, 2015) showed that harmful aggression was most likely from peers known to victims. As expected, aggressive interactions were not as prominent among best friends as with friends, and classmates/peers. However, harm was most likely between best friends when it involved relational aggression (e.g. exclusion, spreading rumours), while other forms of aggressive acts (e.g. teasing, name calling) from best friends were not considered as harmful. More research is needed to differentiate harm associated with different forms of aggression and between individuals with different levels of emotional investment.
Period6 May 20218 May 2021
Event titleXIV Psychology conference
Event typeConference
LocationMoscow, Russian FederationShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational