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Gender bias in the measurement of peer victimization: an application of item response theory.
Aggress Behav. 2013 Sep-Oct; 39(5):370-80.AB

Abstract

There continues to be great debate regarding the conceptualization and measurement of peer victimization, particularly with respect to gender differences in children's victimization experiences. We employed traditional and modern psychometric methods (e.g., item response theory) to evaluate a 10-item youth-report measure of peer victimization (e.g., threatening, spreading rumors/lies, and cyberbullying) among 17,198 students in Grades 6-12. A two-factor model that differentiated between direct and indirect victimization subtypes best characterized students' experiences and substantially reduced the potential for gender-based measurement bias. Implications for the gender-sensitive assessment of peer victimization are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. bevans@email.chop.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23740871

Citation

Bevans, Katherine B., et al. "Gender Bias in the Measurement of Peer Victimization: an Application of Item Response Theory." Aggressive Behavior, vol. 39, no. 5, 2013, pp. 370-80.
Bevans KB, Bradshaw CP, Waasdorp TE. Gender bias in the measurement of peer victimization: an application of item response theory. Aggress Behav. 2013;39(5):370-80.
Bevans, K. B., Bradshaw, C. P., & Waasdorp, T. E. (2013). Gender bias in the measurement of peer victimization: an application of item response theory. Aggressive Behavior, 39(5), 370-80. https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21486
Bevans KB, Bradshaw CP, Waasdorp TE. Gender Bias in the Measurement of Peer Victimization: an Application of Item Response Theory. Aggress Behav. 2013 Sep-Oct;39(5):370-80. PubMed PMID: 23740871.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Gender bias in the measurement of peer victimization: an application of item response theory. AU - Bevans,Katherine B, AU - Bradshaw,Catherine P, AU - Waasdorp,Tracy E, Y1 - 2013/06/05/ PY - 2012/06/18/received PY - 2013/03/19/accepted PY - 2013/6/7/entrez PY - 2013/6/7/pubmed PY - 2013/10/18/medline KW - bullying KW - gender bias KW - measurement KW - peer victimization KW - psychometrics SP - 370 EP - 80 JF - Aggressive behavior JO - Aggress Behav VL - 39 IS - 5 N2 - There continues to be great debate regarding the conceptualization and measurement of peer victimization, particularly with respect to gender differences in children's victimization experiences. We employed traditional and modern psychometric methods (e.g., item response theory) to evaluate a 10-item youth-report measure of peer victimization (e.g., threatening, spreading rumors/lies, and cyberbullying) among 17,198 students in Grades 6-12. A two-factor model that differentiated between direct and indirect victimization subtypes best characterized students' experiences and substantially reduced the potential for gender-based measurement bias. Implications for the gender-sensitive assessment of peer victimization are discussed. SN - 1098-2337 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23740871/Gender_bias_in_the_measurement_of_peer_victimization:_an_application_of_item_response_theory_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/ab.21486 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -