Skip to main content

Bullying as a Developmental Precursor to Sexual and Dating Violence Across Adolescence

Bullying as a Developmental Precursor to Sexual and Dating Violence Across Adolescence

About This Webinar

Research suggests that adolescent bullying can be a precursor to harmful adult behaviors (Espelage, et. al., 2022). Thus, adolescent bullying continues to be a key focus of scholarly research across the globe. This webinar discusses longitudinal studies of the bully-sexual violence pathway (Bully-SV pathway), where bullying is a precursor for harmful behaviors. Such harmful behaviors may include teen dating violence and other forms of sexual violence, such as sexual harassment, sexual coercion, and sexual assault.

Potential mechanisms underlying the bully-sexual violence pathway include social dominance orientation, exposure to sexual education, alcohol use, etc. The discussion includes several school-based intervention approaches that have shown modest success in reducing rates of bullying and SV. This webinar will also discuss strategies for supporting communication with youth around bullying and bullying prevention.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the research on youth bullying as a precursor to adolescent sexual violence and teen dating violence
  2. Recognize risk and protective factors targeting interventions to address the link between bullying and sexual violence/teen dating violence
  3. Identify programs addressing risks and protective factors to reduce these forms of violence


Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. She is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. She is an elected National Academy of Education member, was awarded the SPR Prevention Science Award in 2020, and received the 2023 Bully Research Network Outstanding Career Award. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997.

Continuing education credit is available.

Register today:

Who Is Attending

Add Comment

Comments (0)


About the Extension Foundation

This website is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of use at

Link copied to your clipboard.