Nice guys or bad guys? Victims of mobbing bullying and peer rejection in the prisoner's paradigm game

Authors
Citation
B. Schuster, Nice guys or bad guys? Victims of mobbing bullying and peer rejection in the prisoner's paradigm game, Z SOZIALPSY, 30(2-3), 1999, pp. 179-193
Citations number
23
Language
TEDESCO
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
ZEITSCHRIFT FUR SOZIALPSYCHOLOGIE
ISSN journal
0044-3514 → ACNP
Volume
30
Issue
2-3
Year of publication
1999
Pages
179 - 193
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-3514(199907)30:2-3<179:NGOBGV>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Abstract
Assessed sociometric and victimization status of students from grades 5 thr ough 11, as well as their reactions in the prisoners dilemma. In addition, the status of hypothetical interaction partners and their purported choices were manipulated. Reactions were determined both by the experimentally pro vided choices of the interaction partners as well as by the expected ones: Cooperative choices led to cooperative : reaction, and competitive choices were answered competitively. Beyond, victims of mobbing avoided competitive choices, whereas two sub-groups of rejected individuals displayed opposite strategy preferences: Participants who suffered from both rejection and mo bbing ("nonvictimized-rejected",) were especially cooperative; in contrast, individuals who were rejected but not victimized ("Rejected-Only") were es pecially competitive. The cooperative choices of victimized participants we re not reciprocated: Participants were more competitive towards victimized individuals than these behaved towards their interaction partners. These re sults confirm the necessity of differentiating two subgroups of "rejected" on the basis of the victimization dimension. Further, the results are discu ssed in respect to the hypothesis that the submissiveness of potential vict ims contributes to their victimization experience.