Washington (Agencies): A new study has indicated that the peers are more likely to bully their peers.

"Our findings highlight that attaining and maintaining a high social status likely involves some level of antagonistic behaviour," said Robert Faris, assistant professor of sociology at University of California-Davis, the study co-author.

The study also says that students in the top two percent of the school social hierarchy along with those at the bottom are the least aggressive, reportedly.

"The fact that they both have reduced levels of aggression is true, but it can be attributed to quite different things," Faris said, according to a university statement.

"The ones at the bottom don't have the social power or as much capacity to be aggressive whereas the ones at the top have all that power, but don't need to use it," Faris said.

The authors describe aggression as being physical (hitting, shoving or kicking), verbal (name-calling or threats) or social (spreading rumours or ostracism).

Aggression rate was calculated on the basis of number of classmates a student fell prey to in the past three months.

The research was conducted taking in account 3,722 eighth, ninth and 10th grade students who participated during the 2004-05 school year.