The Perceived Roles of Bullying in Small‐Town Midwestern Schools

Ronald Oliver, Richard Hazler

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Middle and high school students (N=207) in small‐town midwestern schools were surveyed regarding factors that motivate and sustain bullying. Students failed to endorse statements that bullying teaches about behavior unacceptable to the group and that making friends with a bullied person would result in lowering one's social status. Students agreed that victims brought it on themselves, teasing was mostly done in fun, and that bullying helps people by making them tougher. Girls, but not boys, tended to agree that bullies held higher social status than did victims. 1994 American Counseling Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-420
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Counseling & Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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