Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Same-Sex School Bullying

  • Ann FarrellEmail author
  • Anthony A. Volk
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_855-1



Bullying is a behavior used to intentionally cause harm on less powerful individuals to obtain tangible, social, and reproductive resources (Volk et al. 2014). Same-sex school bullying includes intrasexual bullying, when boys bully boys and girls bully girls in order to achieve these goals. Often, same-sex bullying behaviors occur outside of the classroom setting, including school hallways, washrooms, and lunchrooms, where there may be less adult supervision (Kasen et al. 2004). Under specific school ecologies, same-sex school bullying may be more adaptive for children and adolescents.


Same-sex school bullying may serve adaptive functions for children and adolescents. This may be why a significant proportion of youth, anywhere from 30 % to 40 %, are involved in school bullying as the perpetrator (15 %), victim (14 %), or bully-victim (i.e.,...


Reproductive Success Adolescent Girl Parental Investment Bully Behavior Intrasexual Competition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada