Individual, Family, and Social Factors Associated with Bullying

Faye Mishna

in Bullying

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795406
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949687 | DOI:
Individual, Family, and Social Factors Associated with Bullying

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The purpose of this chapter is to provide an understanding of the various factors that are associated with bullying, at different levels within a child or adolescent’s world. These factors include: individual characteristics such as age, gender, race, peer relationships, family dynamics, the school environment, and broader societal variables. The following three key principles of bullying (based on the work of Debra Pepler and Wendy Craig) are briefly reviewed: 1) bullying is wrong and hurtful; 2) bullying is a relationship problem; and 3) promoting relationships and eliminating violence is everybody’s responsibility.

Keywords: age; gender; race; peer relationships; family dynamics; school

Chapter.  4946 words.  Illustrated.

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