Thursday, January 10, 2019

Possible link to bullying and voting patterns in the US

A recent study found evidence that there was an association between voting patterns and bullying. The research took survey data and examined patterns of bullying in areas that voted more in favor of Trump and those voting more in favor of Clinton during the last Presidential election. There appears to be a positive correlation between pro-Trump voting patterns and higher rates of bullying. Obviously the study has some limitations (self-report, correlational, examines patterns in only one state), but it does seem like something to look at further. National leaders are for better or sometimes worse role models, as are the people in children's lives who support various national leaders. We may be seeing some form of social learning in action - at least tentatively I feel comfortable with that conclusion for now.

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