Characteristics of Bullying, Bullying Victims, and Schools

What Characteristics of Bullying, Bullying Victims, and Schools Are Associated with Increased Reporting of Bullying to School Officials?

National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

This study found that only 36 percent of bullying victims actually report the problem to a school official, hindering schools from keeping track of the widespread issue.

The study uses statistics from the School Crime Supplement to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey, which interviewed children ages 12 to 18 who had attended school in the previous academic year.

The types of bullying that were reported more frequently include: bullying involving injury, threats of physical harm, destruction of property, physical contact like pushing and shoving, bullying at more than one location, and at least one event on a school bus. 

Incidents that weren’t reported usually involved bullying that involved teasing or name-calling, excluding the victim, and spreading rumors about the victim. In addition, the higher the grade level of the victim, the less likely he or she was to report a bullying incident, the study found.

Victims of bullying who reported the incidents often had been involved in a fight during school and were afraid of another attack and often avoided certain areas of the school or certain activities.    

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