Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Confusion surrounds bullying: Study

01.11.2004


It’s difficult to define



While children and adults have similar intellectual definitions of bullying, they may differ when applying them in reality, says a U of T researcher. "There are complexities that can interfere with how we view bullying incidents," says Professor Faye Mishna of the Faculty of Social Work. "While we’re identifying important strategies and tips on how to deal with bullying problems, it’s important to also acknowledge how confusing it can be for the victim, parents and educators to decide what actual incidents constitute bullying."

These complexities are outlined in a paper published this month in the journal Children & Schools. Mishna led a research team which investigated children’s experiences of victimization by bullying and then compared the children’s perspectives with those of their parents and educators. Researchers surveyed 61 children in Grades four and five and held interviews with selected children who self-identified as victims of bullying, one parent, the child’s teacher, and their school’s vice-principal and principal.


"We found that when you ask children and adults what bullying is, they’re able to identify important aspects such as the power imbalance between the bully and the victim," says Mishna. "But what happens when a friend is actually the bully? Parents may think that some bullying behavior is part of normal friendships, even when the victim is hurt. As a result, the parents may think it’s not their place to intervene."

Other complications can occur when the victim is thought to provoke the bully; when educators do not feel compassion for the victim or feel more compassion for the bully than the victim; and when the incident is not considered serious. "One teacher depicted bullying as ’part of growing up’ and as a good thing that helped victims learn to deal with others who are controlling or manipulative," says Mishna. "At times a child considered a situation bullying, whereas the adult ascribed another meaning and concluded that the same situation was not bullying."

Mishna hopes the research, which was a pilot study that was preparatory to a larger study, will help children and adults become aware of their attitudes and beliefs and enable social service providers and educators to create interventions tailored to the dynamics that might exist in some friendships. She says it’s crucial for adults to validate the distress felt by a bullied child even when the adult does not consider the situation to be bullying.

"It’s important that individuals become aware of their own reasoning," says Mishna. "When children are not listened to and validated, they may doubt their own perspective. They then may stop telling adults about their victimization."

Faye Mishna | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.utoronto.ca

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht Europe’s Demographic Future. Where the Regions Are Heading after a Decade of Crises
10.08.2017 | Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung

nachricht Scientists reveal source of human heartbeat in 3-D
07.08.2017 | University of Manchester

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene

Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.

As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...

Im Focus: Exotic quantum states made from light: Physicists create optical “wells” for a super-photon

Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.

Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...

Im Focus: Circular RNA linked to brain function

For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...

Im Focus: RAVAN CubeSat measures Earth's outgoing energy

An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.

The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...

Im Focus: Scientists shine new light on the “other high temperature superconductor”

A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Call for Papers – ICNFT 2018, 5th International Conference on New Forming Technology

16.08.2017 | Event News

Sustainability is the business model of tomorrow

04.08.2017 | Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises

18.08.2017 | Life Sciences

Astrophysicists explain the mysterious behavior of cosmic rays

18.08.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device

18.08.2017 | Information Technology

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>