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NCJ Number: 221593 Find in a Library
Title: Victims of Bullying in Schools
Journal: Acta Criminologica  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:2004  Pages:28-47
Author(s): J. Neser; M. Ovens; E. van der Merwe; R. Morodi; A. Ladikos; J. Prinsloo
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 20
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: Following a literature review of international research on bullying in schools, this article reports on a South African survey of a sample of students (n=1,873) in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 in 9 primary, 8 secondary, and 2 special schools in 1 district, in order to determine the nature and extent of bullying at school; how students reacted to bullying; and whether bullying victims informed others of their victimization, and if so, the nature of the outcomes.
Abstract: A significant percentage of the sample (53.1 percent) reported they had been bullied during 2002. Those most likely to experience bullying were boys (58.2 percent), students under 15 years old (60.9 percent), students in grade six (67.3 percent) and grade seven (68.1 percent), White students (61.0 percent), and "Coloured" students (56.6 percent). Almost 40 percent of the sample indicated they were bullied frequently (once or twice a week or more often). Most of the bullying victims had experienced milder forms of bullying, such as name-calling (62.5 percent) and teasing (54.3 percent); however, the rate for direct physical assaults (being hit, kicked, or pushed) was alarming (44.3 percent). Just over half of the students in grades six and seven had experienced such bullying. The bullies who engaged in physical assault were most likely to be boys in the same class as the victims. Regarding reactions to bullying, victims were most likely to be angry (50.8 percent) or "sad and miserable" (47.7 percent). A disturbing finding was that almost 10 percent of respondents did not attend school once or twice or more because of bullying. Some of the victims had informed various people about being bullied, most often parents (49.8 percent) and friends (49.1 percent), followed by siblings (29.9 percent), and teachers or another adult at school (28.1 percent). Just over half received some assistance from those they told about the bullying. 11 tables and 17 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Bullying; Foreign criminal justice research; Juvenile offenders; Offender profiles; Offense characteristics; Offense statistics; Victim profiles
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