Genes play a large role in explaining which children are at high risk of being a victim, bully, or both. New paper by brilliant Sabine Veldkamp, who will defend her thesis Wed Sept 18th.
New paper! What makes some children more vulnerable to being bullied by peers than others? #Heritability plays a major role in school #bullying, even more so than the school & home environment. Paper: #CIDconsortium
2/3s of differences between children in #bullying (or being bullied) are due to genetic differences. Half of the bullies are victims themselves, and this too has a genetic basis.
Individual differences in the liability to be a bully or victim of bullying are for the most part determined by genes.