Bullying in middle school: Results from a 2008 survey

Fabianna Pergolizzi, Joseph Pergolizzi, Zoe Gan, Samantha Macario, Joseph V. Pergolizzi, T. J. Ewin, Tong J. Gan

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Abstract

A survey conducted in 2008 among 346 American middle school students in several cities determined that 82.7 % of respondents found bullying to be a problem of some degree, with 46.0% rating it a "medium", "bad", or "very bad" problem. It was found that 89 % had witnessed an act of bullying and 49.1 % said they had been the victim of a bully. Boys were significantly more likely than girls to say that a victim deserved to be bullied (11.1 % vs. 1.3 %, p = 0.01), whereas girls were significantly more likely than boys to fail to intervene because they did not know what to do (30.3 % for girls vs. 11.1 %, p <0.01). There was no significant difference in this study between boys and girls in terms of being a bully: 43.6 % admitted they had bullied another (46.2% boys, 41.1% girls, p=0.34); however, girls were significantly more likely than boys to bully by excluding others and gossiping about them than by hitting, teasing, or threatening. Cyberbullying, surveyed as a distinct entity, had affected 31.1 % of respondents directly, with similar results from 2006 to 2007 surveys. Of those who found conventional bullying a " bad " or " very bad " problem at their schools, numbers fell from 17.3 % in 2006-2007 vs. 11.3 % in 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Bullying
  • Public health
  • School
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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