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Study: Popular teens more likely to bully

February 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Popular teenagers at school who are trying to become more popular are more likely to act aggressively toward their classmates, according to a new study out of UC Davis.

According to researchers, kids seem to think that bullying others will raise their own status in the eyes of their classmates.

The study's authors say it's not the aggression that makes a teen popular, but rather the popularity that makes the child more aggressive.

However, the study also found the most popular teens, the top 2 percent, are the least aggressive out of all the students.