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NCJ Number: 136265 Find in a Library
Title: School Bullying and Victimization
Editor(s): S Greenbaum
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: National School Safety Ctr
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 85-MU-CX-0003
Sale Source: National School Safety Ctr
Pepperdine University
4165 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Suite 290
Westlake Village, CA 91362
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Schoolyard bullying is a significant and pervasive problem, and bullies tend to be overly aggressive and destructive and to enjoy dominating other children.
Abstract: Research indicates that male bullies are three to four times more likely to inflict physical assault than girls. Girls, however, tend to be more subtle and psychologically manipulative. As with alcoholism and other forms of abusive behavior, evidence strongly suggests that bullying tends to be an intergenerational problem. Many childhood bullies are often abused at home by a parent and witness parents abuse each other and siblings. Research has also found that parents of bullies tend to ignore their children and do not really know what is happening to them. Contrary to popular belief, bullying victims are not always that different from other kids. Victims are often overprotected by parents who encourage dependent behavior. Bullying affects school attendance and the overall campus climate, since victims fear school itself and the abuse they know awaits them there. Victims are also far more likely than other students to bring a weapon to school to protect themselves. Interventions to deal with the school bullying problem should acknowledge five central ideas: (1) school bullying is a significant problem; (2) fear and suffering are becoming part of the daily lives of bullying victims; (3) young bullies are more likely to become criminals when they reach adulthood and to suffer from family and professional problems; (4) the prevailing attitude that kids fighting each other represents normal youthful aggression must be discarded; and (5) national intervention and prevention programs should be implemented. Media clippings relevant to school bullying are included. 29 references
Main Term(s): Child victims; School security
Index Term(s): Aggression; Child abuse; Crime in schools; Students
Note: NSSC Resource Paper
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