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ERIC Number: EJ1064065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Understanding Bullying through the Eyes of Youth
Pister, Rebecca
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v9 n1 p27-43 2014
As reports of bullying continue to make headlines, the push to understand the processes behind bullying behaviors continues to rise. While a great deal of research has been conducted to better understand the processes behind and the outcomes of bullying, the majority of these studies are quantitative in nature and very few involve qualitative interviews with youth. Youth have rarely been given a space to talk about their personal experiences with bullying, be it as a target, an aggressor, or a bystander. The present research provided that opportunity and gained a more complete understanding of how middle school students experience bullying. Using interviews with 15 students in Grades 7 and 8 who were selected for this study based on their experiences with bullying, the article examines how we define bullying, the reasons why youth bully, and the role of the bystander in the bullying dynamic. Suggestions for a change in how we view bullying and for effective intervention strategies are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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