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Experiencing different roles in situations of bullying

Alenka Polak and Helena Smrtnik Vitulić and Špela Vošnjak (2011) Experiencing different roles in situations of bullying. Socialna pedagogika, 15 (3). pp. 205-222. ISSN 1408-2942

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    The following article explores the phenomenon of bullying among peers, here defined as situations in which a student or a group of students abuses another student by engaging in inappropriate name-calling, denigration, mistreatment, physical violence, damaging his/her clothing or school utensils, spreading rumours and excluding him/her from the group of his/her peers, locking that student in a school locker or classroom or by engaging in other activities which cause the victim to experience torment and helplessness. The survey conducted by the authors focuses on how often fifth-grade students from different primary schools have experienced one of a set of different roles (the role of the victim, the role of the bully and the role of the witness). In accordance with the topic, the article also looks into any possible differences evident between the sexes and between rural schools and urban schools. The results obtained reveal various forms of bullying (physical, verbal, psychological and economic aggression) and show that the majority of students have found themselves in the roles of the victim and the witness, as well as in the role of the bully. No clear differences have been found between students with regard to gender, nor between urban and rural schools.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: bullying, victim, bully, witness
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Divisions: Department of Education Studies > Chair of Psychology
    Item ID: 804
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2012 12:01
    Last Modified: 05 Jun 2012 12:01
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/804

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