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Sexual Bullying: Addressing the Gap Between Bullying and Dating Violence

Fredland, Nina M. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000319560.76384.8a

Millions of youth in the United States are involved in some aspects of bullying behavior. Increasing rates of youth violence, including horrific violent school events, have brought national attention upon the phenomenon. Bullying is a broad construct that covers a wide variety of behaviors from name calling to physical abuse, and it is associated with serious negative health outcomes. Sexual bullying appears to be antecedent to more severe forms of relationship violence, and it is proposed as a conceptual link between bullying and more advanced forms of sexualized violence, such as teen dating violence and adult forms of intimate partner violence.

Austin School of Nursing, University of Texas.

Corresponding Author: Nina M. Fredland, PhD, RN, Austin School of Nursing, University of Texas, 1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701 (

This work was supported by a NIH/NINR Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award #1F31NR008176 and was part of a larger study funded as a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing US4/CCU#3199009 (Dr Jacquelyn Campbell, principal investigator).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.