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NCJ Number: 217915 Find in a Library
Title: Bullies and Victims: A Phenomenological Study
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:2006  Pages:89-105
Author(s): Michael M. Omizo; Sharon A. Omizo; Gari-Vic C.O. Baxa; Ross J. Miyose
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents the results of a phenomenological study with elementary school children identified as bullies or victims.
Abstract: Results of the study indicate that bullies seemed to hold a positive regard of themselves despite their negative behaviors. They even acknowledged and understood their bullying behaviors. They blamed their victims and felt empowered by their actions toward someone that they perceived as weaker. Victims, on the other hand, internalized their problems and often blamed themselves for the bullying. These victims suffered a low self-esteem and often used strategies to avoid bullies and their inappropriate behaviors. In examining the various aspects of the complicated nature of bullying and bullying behaviors, a phenomenological approach was used. Six areas were investigated focusing on (1) the definition of bullying, (2) traits of bullies and traits of victims, (3) an assessment of the problem, (4) a phenomenological research model, (5) analysis of the participants, and (6) implications and intervention strategies for school counselors. The goal was to develop an increased awareness of bullying by examining the perceptions of bullies and victims. This information is intended to assist school personnel in utilizing successful strategies and interventions to deal with the problem of bullying. Elementary school teachers identified eight bullies and eight victims to participate in the study. Interviews were conducted which consisted of many open-ended questions. References
Main Term(s): Bullying
Index Term(s): Adolescent victims; Aggression; Child victims; Crime in schools; Peer influences on behavior; Problem behavior; Victimization
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