International Bullying Prevention Conference
Do Words Matter?: An Investigation into Whether the Language Used by Victims of Peer Aggression is Associated with Their Reactions

Chelsea Olson, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Amy Bellmore, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

We used the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count Software to investigate whether self-perceived victimization and endorsement of externalizing and internalizing coping responses are related to the linguistic dimensions associated with psychological processes related to emotionality (e.g., use of words that indicate emotions) and sensory experiences (e.g., use of words related to seeing, hearing, and feeling) in the words 181 ethnically diverse early adolescents use to describe peer victimization.