NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ880689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1881
Bullying among Primary School Children in New Zealand: Relationships with Prosocial Behaviour and Classroom Climate
Raskauskas, Juliana L.; Gregory, Janet; Harvey, Shane T.; Rifshana, Fathimath; Evans, Ian M.
Educational Research, v52 n1 p1-13 Mar 2010
Background: Bullying is a problem for schools in many countries, especially, according to various surveys, in New Zealand. Students' involvement in bullying as bullies, victims or bystanders has serious implication for emotional, social and academic development. Purpose: The purpose of this research was to examine the relationships between bullying, victimisation, prosocial behaviour, and classroom climate. A secondary purpose was to examine the use of the Peer Relations Questionnaire in New Zealand. Sample: A stratified randomised sample of 15 schools were included in this study; 1168 school children (48% male, 52% female) participated. All students were in school years 4-8 (approximately 8-13 years of age). Design and methods: Cross-sectional design was used with students completing anonymous surveys on bullying and other features of their school and classroom experiences. Results: Self-reported data indicated that involvement in bullying was related to empathy and classroom climate, with bullies and bully/victims having lowest connection to school and poorest relationships with their teachers. The Peer Relations Questionnaire was found to be useful with New Zealand youth. Conclusions: These are the first findings on these relationships in New Zealand. The findings have implications for interventions designed to enhance children's emotional experiences at school through enhancing positive teacher-student relationships, empathy and social skills. (Contains 6 tables.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand