Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes and Bullying Victimization

Anthony A. Peguero, Lisa M. Williams

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Bullying is a serious problem within the U.S. school system. Prior research suggests that victimization is stratified by race and ethnicity. However, few studies consider factors that may moderate this relationship. This article extends research on this topic by considering whether stereotypes moderate bullying among racial and ethnic youth. Youth who violate stereotypes may experience derogatory treatment. This study examines whether violated racial and ethnicity stereotypes are linked to the victimization of racial and ethnic minorities. The study findings based on data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 indicate that stereotypes linked to family socioeconomic status (SES), test scores, and interscholastic sports participation moderate the relationship between bullying victimization and race and ethnicity. The implications for future research and policy implementation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-564
Number of pages20
JournalYouth and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • bullying
  • race and ethnicity
  • school outcomes
  • victimization
  • youth violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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