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What actually makes bullying stop? Reports from former victims

Journal article
Authors Ann Frisén
Tove Hasselblad
Kristina Holmqvist
Published in Journal of Adolescence
Volume 35
Issue 4
Pages 981-990
ISSN 0140-1971
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 981-990
Language en
Keywords Bullying, Victimization, Interventions, Students' perspective, Children, Adolescents, secondary-school pupils, peer victimization, middle school, coping, strategies, interventions, students, experiences, perception, attitudes, age
Subject categories Psychology


School bullying is a serious, worldwide problem which is not easily counteracted. The present study focuses on the perspective of former victims, asking them what it was that made the bullying stop in their case. Participants were 273 18-year-old former victims in Sweden, a country in which schools are doing extensive work against bullying and the bullying prevalence is relatively low. Results showed that although support from school personnel was the most common reason that the former victims gave to why the bullying had ended, it was only mentioned by a fourth of them. In fact, it was almost equally as common that the bullying had ended in that the victims transitioned to a new school level or changed their way of coping with the bullying. Very few of the adolescents reported that the bullying had stopped due to support from peers. (C) 2012 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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