Bullying, Rejection, and Peer Victimization:
A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspectiveby Monica J. Harris
Both children and adults who experience chronic peer victimization are at considerable risk for a host of adverse psychological consequences, including depression, aggression, even suicidal ideation. Bullying, Rejection, and Peer Victimization is the only book that addresses bullying across the developmental spectrum, covering child, adolescent, and adult populations.
The contributors offer in-depth analyses on traditional aggression and victimization (physical bullying) as well as social rejection (emotional bullying). Peer and family relationships, relational aggression, and cyber-bullying are just a few of the important topics discussed.
Table of Contents Contributors Preface I. Introduction 1. Taking Bullying and Rejection (Inter)personally: Benefits of a Social Psychological Approach to Peer Victimization II. Theoretical Perspectives 2. A Child and Environment Framework for Studying Risk for Peer Victimization 3. Exploring the Experience of Social Rejection in Adults and Adolescents: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective 4. Why's Everybody Always Picking on Me? Social Cognition, Emotion Regulation, and Chronic Peer Victimization in Children III. Aggression and Victimization 5. The Importance of Personality and Effortful Control Processes in Victimization 6. A Person x Situation Approach to Understanding Aggressive Behavior and Underlying Aggressogenic Thought 7. Contributions of Three Social Theories to Understanding Bullying Perpetration and Victimization Among School-Aged Youth 8. Sex Differences in Aggression From an Adaptive Perspective IV. Rejection and Relational Aggression 9. The Pain of Exclusion: Using Insights From Neuroscience to Understand Emotional and Behavioral Responses to Social Exclusion 10. Looking Before Leaping: The Role of Social Expectancies in Attachment Regulation Following Interpersonal Rejection 11. Social Rejection and Aggression: Social Rejection Leads to Aggression, Emotional Numbness, Decreased Self-Awareness, Diminished Self-Regulatory Effort, Hostile Cognitive Bias, and the Perception of Life as Less Meaningful 12. Is Ostracism Worse Than Bullying? V. Victimization and the Larger Peer Context 13. Bullying as Means to Foster Compliance 14. Social Networks and Peer Victimization: The Contexts of Children's Victimization by Peers 15. Using Social Network Analysis as a Lens to Examine Socially Isolated Youth Index