Bullying Statistics and Studies

August 10, 2018 | Author: Mike Dreiblatt | Views: 419 | Comments: 0


A few years ago I was talking about social aggression with one of my two sons. My son was in middle school, and I asked him to critique a presentation on social aggression that I was preparing. He listened and then said: “Dad, why do you say that girls are mostly affected by social aggression or do more social aggression? I know plenty of boys in my school who manipulate, gossip, and leave people out. It’s not just a girl problem. It bothers guys, too.” I’m glad I asked an expert in the field. He was absolutely right.—MD

• Program evaluation results have shown that schools where students are involved in programs designed to increase empathy and create “caring communities” have higher scores than comparison schools on measures of higher-order reading comprehension. (Kohn, 1991) • Many people believe that bullies act tough in order to hide feelings of insecurity and self-loathing, while, in fact, bullies tend to be confident, with high self-esteem. (Nansel, et al., 2001) 

• Bullies are generally physically aggressive, with pro-violence attitudes, and are typically hot-tempered, easily angered, and impulsive, with a low tolerance for frustration. Bullies have a strong need to dominate others and usually have little empathy for their targets. Male bullies are often physically bigger and stronger than their peers. (Olweus, 1993)

• Bullies tend to get in trouble more often, and to dislike and do more poorly in school, than teens who do not bully others. They are also more likely to fight, drink, and smoke than their peers. (Nansel, et al., 2001)

• Children who were exposed to violence in the home engaged in higher levels of physical bullying than youngsters who were not witnesses to such behavior, say researchers from the University of Washington and Indiana University. (Schwartz, 2006)

• “. . . some teenagers not only bully others but are also the targets of bullies themselves. Like other bullies, they tend to do poorly in school and engage in a number of problem behaviors. They also tend to be socially isolated, with few friends and poor relationships with their classmates.” (Nansel, et al., 2001)


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