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Bullying can be defined as long-standing physical or psychological violence carried out both repeatedly and over time, by either individuals or groups, that targets individuals who are unable to defend themselves. It is both conscious and deliberate; the bully intends to inflict harm on the victim. Bullying, then, is not merely a rite of passage; rather, it is a particularly cruel set of behaviors that can have long-term consequences for both the bully and the victim. This entry describes bullying and some remedies in the school setting.

What Constitutes Bullying?

There are three elements that mark all bullying. First is an imbalance of power. This imbalance can be owing to the bully's physical strength or size, or it may be that the bully is perceived to be ...

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