Sex Roles

, Volume 54, Issue 7–8, pp 585–588 | Cite as

The Role of Masculinity in Children’s Bullying

  • Gianluca GiniEmail author
  • Tiziana Pozzoli
Brief Report


The aim of the present study was to explore the association between gender role, in terms of self-attribution of masculine and feminine characteristics, and children's involvement in bullying problems during the elementary-school years. A total of 113, six- to ten-year-old children completed self-report measures of bullying and victimization and a masculinity–femininity scale. Their teachers provided ratings of pupils’ reactive and proactive aggressive behavior. Data from a hierarchical regression on bullying scores showed that, irrespective of sex, masculine traits predicted active bullying behavior. Moreover, bullying was also related to victimization and to teacher's evaluation of reactive aggression. Our findings suggest the need for longitudinal and cross-cultural studies in this line of research.


Bullying Peer victimization Masculinity–femininity Proactive and reactive aggression Elementary-school children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Developmental and Socialization PsychologyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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