Volatile, angry, aggressive toddlers are more likely to be bullied when they’re older, a new study concludes. From Newsweek:
“They’re easy marks,” says Kenneth Dodge, a psychology professor at Duke University. “You know you can get a rise out of them, you can push their buttons.”
Pushy children are unpopular with others. What goes around comes around.
The new study, which followed 1,970 children in Canada, traces behavior all the way back to toddlerhood. Mothers of 17-month-old children were asked how often their kids hit, bit or kicked other children and how often they fought or bullied their peers. Later, when the kids were between the ages of 3 and 6, the moms reported on how often their kids were made fun of, how often they were hit or pushed and how often they were called names. Their answers showed a link: kids who were aggressive early on in life were more likely to be victimized than non-aggressive kids.
Interesting, if true. This might account for the large number of children who admit to bullying others and being bullied.