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Bernstein, J. Y. and Watson, M. W. (1997). Children who are targets of bullying: a victim pattern [Electronic version]. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 12(4), 483-499.

Victims of bullying remain victims for a long time after the bullying ends. The article states that there are characteristics that either develop in the child or are naturally part of their character that makes them prone to bullying. Both bullies and victims have specific characteristics that contribute to their bullying. Bullies and victims also do not have any different physical characteristics. Family life contributes to their development.