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Bullying and Victimization Across the Lifespan

Playground Politics and Power

  • Examines bullying and victimization across the lifespan

  • Addresses bullying at disparate ecological levels (e.g., school, Internet, workplace)

  • Describes ways in which bullying dynamics affect individuals, families, and communities

  • Connects multiple forms of perpetration and victimization across ages, races, and ecological niches

  • Discusses strategies for promoting behavioral health, prevention, and restorative justice


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Paul R. Smokowski, Caroline B. R. Evans
    Pages 107-122
  3. Paul R. Smokowski, Caroline B. R. Evans
    Pages 123-150
  4. Paul R. Smokowski, Caroline B. R. Evans
    Pages 151-166
  5. Paul R. Smokowski, Caroline B. R. Evans
    Pages 205-222
  6. Paul R. Smokowski, Caroline B. R. Evans
    Pages 223-242
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-286

About this book


This book examines bullying and victimization at different points across the lifespan, from childhood through old age. It examines bullying at disparate ecological levels, such as within the family, in school, on the internet, at the work place, and between countries. This volume explores the connections between variations of bullying that manifests in multiple forms of violence and victimization. It also describes how bullying dynamics can affect individuals, families, and communities. Using a universal definition of bullying dynamics, chapters discuss bullying roles during different developmental periods across the lifespan. In addition, chapters review each role in the bullying dynamic and discuss behavioral health consequences, prevention strategies, and ways to promote restorative justice to decrease the impact of toxic bullying behaviors on society. The book concludes with recommendations for possible solutions and prevention suggestions.

Topics featured in this book include:

  • Mental health and the neurobiological impacts of bullying.
  • The prevalence of bystanders and their behavior in bullying dynamics.
  • The relationship between traditional bullying and cyberbullying.
  • How bullying causes trauma.
  • Sibling violence and bullying.
  • Bullying in intimate partner relationships.
  • Elder abuse as a form of bullying.
  • Why bullying is a global public health concern.

Bullying and Victimization Across the Lifespan is a must-have resource for researchers, professors, clinicians, and related professionals as well as graduate students in clinical child, school, and developmental psychology, social work, public health, and family studies as well as anthropology, social psychology, sociology, and criminology.


Aggression, violence, and bullying Alzheimer’s disease and bullying Behavioral health and bullying Bullying and power imbalance Bullying at school Bullying dynamics, perpetrators, victims Cyberbullying, trolling, and social media Dating violence, domestic abuse, and bullying Elder abuse, maltreatment, and bullying Family dynamics and bullying Harassment, discrimination, and the workplace Immigrants and bullying Intimate relationships and bullying LGBTQ rights and bullying Minority-majority group-level bullying Neuroscience and bullying Peer relations and bullyings Racism, discrimination, and bullying Sexual harassment and bullying Trauma and bullying

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Rhode Island CollegeProvidenceUSA

About the authors

Paul Smokowski, Ph.D., M.S.W., C.P., is a Professor in the University of Kansas’s School of Education. He has an interdisciplinary background in social welfare, child development, and public health. Before joining KU, Dr. Smokowski was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for 16 years. His past 15 years of work in youth violence prevention culminated in the North Carolina Youth Violence Prevention Center (NC-YVPC), a nonprofit agency specializing in helping rural communities promote healthy youth development that Dr. Smokowski directs. Dr. Smokowski’s research teams have procured more than $15 million worth of federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Institutes of Health. As a prolific author, he has published more than 100 articles and book chapters on issues related to risk, resilience, acculturation, adolescent mental health, family stress, and youth violence prevention. Dr. Smokowski has received national awards for his youth violence prevention research, such as the 2010 Collaborator’s Award from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and the best article of the year award from the Society for Social Work Research. He served on the National Institutes of Health’s Youth Violence Consortium and was a member of the inaugural class of Health Protection Research Awardees funded by the Center for Disease Control’s Office of the Director. Dr. Smokowski directed the Latino Acculturation and Health Project, a multisite longitudinal study examining youth violence risk and protective factors in Latino youth, and the Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds program for helping Latino immigrant families cope with acculturation stressors. This research program culminated in Dr. Smokowski’s previous book published by New York University Press titled Becoming Bicultural: Risk and Resilience in Latino Youth. In his current work, Dr. Smokowski is guiding the implementation and evaluation of a multilevel youth violence prevention initiative in one of the most ethnically diverse rural counties in the United States.

Caroline B. R. Evans, Ph.D., is adjunct faculty at Rhode Island College and works on a community violence prevention grant based in Tucson, AZ. Prior to this work Dr. Evans was a research associate for the North Carolina Youth Violence Prevention Center (NC-YVPC). In this role, she helped run a youth violence prevention program funded by the National Institute of Justice and worked to disseminate research findings through conference presentations and publications. Dr. Evans graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with her doctorate in social work, and during her academic tenure worked for the NC-YVPC on a youth violence prevention grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Evans’s research focuses on youth violence, specifically childhood and adolescent bullying victimization and perpetration, bystander behavior, and aggression. She is particularly interested in youth violence prevention through evidence based programs.

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