The authors look at both the risk factors and the protective factors involved in emotional health, and address the impact of issues such as bullying, social exclusion, loss, and bereavement.
Chapter 2.4: Bullying Behaviours
‘I pound the pillow at night because I have no-one to talk to.’ (Laura, a 12-year-old bullied pupil)
‘Most people don't tell anyone when they are being bullied. They try to keep quiet. It's their reputation’. (James, a 13-year-old bystander)
‘They (the bullies) say, “If you tell, you're going to get twice the beating” …’ (Ben, a 13-year-old bullied pupil)
What Behaviours Are We Talking about?
A substantial proportion of school pupils are involved in bully-victim relationships; in these, one or more bullies deliberately hurt another peer, the victim, over a period of time, and the victim is not able to defend him- or herself. Olweus (1999, p. 12) views bullying as a subcategory of aggression or aggressive behaviour with ‘certain special characteristics such as repetitiveness ...