Woods, S., Wolke, D., Nowicki, S., & Hall, L. (2009). Emotion Recognition Abilities and Empathy of Victims of Bullying. Child Abuse and Neglect, 33(5), 307-11. Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.11.002
Bullying is a form of systematic abuse by peers with often serious consequences for victims. Few studies have considered the role of emotion recognition abilities and empathic behaviour for different bullying roles. This study investigated physical and relational bullying involvement in relation to basic emotion recognition abilities, and empathic styles in children. Using the framework of the Social Information Processing model, it was expected that victims would have poor emotion recognition abilities, and that bullies would demonstrate low levels of empathy.