An Ecological-Systems Perspective of Bullying in Schools

David R. Dupper

in School Bullying

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199859597
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315932 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Workshop Series - School of Social Work Association of America

An Ecological-Systems Perspective of Bullying in Schools

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This chapter provides a rationale for and describes an ecological-systems perspective of bullying. It argues that bullying in schools is a reflection of bullying in culture, and that today's youth are receiving mixed and confusing messages about bullying behavior from adults. A “culture of bullying” exists in some schools and serves to normalize bullying within that school. The physiological and psychological changes that mark early adolescence also exacerbate the potential for bullying and explain the spike in bullying behaviors in sixth grade followed by a steady decline in later grades.

Keywords: school bullying; children; school culture; adolescence; culture of bullying; bullying behaviors

Chapter.  2508 words. 

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