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Bullying is a widespread problem among children in schools and other childhood institutions. In the 2016 Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children study, which includes data from 42 countries, approximately 10–12% of 11-year-olds reported having been bullied at school on a number of occasions during the preceding months. This entry examines explanations for bullying behavior, how teachers sometimes contribute to bullying, and intervention strategies.

Explanations for Bullying Behavior

Researchers offer different explanations for bullying behavior. Some consider it an effect of individual personality traits and behavioral characteristics; others point to social group dynamics and the institutional setting of the school as well as to the socioculturally and historically formed structures of inequality among children.

Approaching the relevance of teachers and their role in children’s bullying practices depends on the ...

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