Local study adds weight to theory bullying is genetic; anti-bullying advocate troubled. | NEWS 1130

Do bullies learn their behaviour or is it inherited?

 

Is the likelihood of being a bully genetic?

Are bullying traits inherited?

Research out of SFU is adding weight to a new theory that bullying can be genetic, and the criminology professor who led the study is raising some eyebrows by suggesting schools rethink the way the behaviour is dealt with.

Researchers looked at bullying through the lens of evolutionary psychology and the hypothesis that it is an inherited trait which helps build social rank and sex appeal.

The study followed a group of Vancouver high school students and found bullies were the least likely to be depressed, had the highest self-esteem and the most social status.

While most anti-bullying programs try to change behaviour, lead researcher Jennifer Wong suggests schools should expand competitive activities for bullies, giving them a less harmful outlet for their dominating behaviour.

But some in the anti-bullying movement are troubled by the message being sent by the research…

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