Cassie McMillan, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice, published an article about the ways adolescents use bullying as a means to increase their social status. Later, her study’s findings went viral on Reddit, appearing on the website’s front page. Teachers, parents, and students shared their thoughts on the study, leaving over 78,000 upvotes and 3,000 comments on the post. McMillan’s findings point to the reasons why most anti-bullying programs don’t work and suggest possible strategies for the future.
Read the entire thread on Reddit.
Read the original research article “With Friends Like These: Aggression from Amity and Equivalence” in the University of Chicago Press Journals.
Read the Northeastern News coverage about McMillan’s research findings, “Why don’t bullies pick on someone their own size? Actually, they do.”