The Characteristics of Bullying Victims in Schools

Rosie Green, Aleks Collingwood and Andy Ross (Marzo 2010) National Centre for Social Research Medio: Investigación

This research report was written before the new UK Government took office on 11 May 2010. As a result the content may not reflect current Government policy and may make reference to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) which has now been replaced by the Department for Education (DFE).

The consequences of bullying can be severe in terms of young people’s mental wellbeing, attitudes towards school, educational attainment and even potential suicide risk (Smith et al., 2004). It is therefore vital to gain more information about those young people who are particularly at risk of bullying so that policy interventions can be based on good evidence and targeted at the right groups. The results from this study provide robust evidence on the characteristics of bullying victims based on a representative cohort of young people aged 14 to 16 attending secondary schools in England between 2004 and 2006.

Possible risk factors for bullying that have previously been identified by DCSF in the Staying Safe Action Plan are race and ethnicity, religion, culture, sexuality, disability and being a young carer (DCSF, 2008b). Previous findings tell us that young people from ethnic minorities are less likely to be bullied than white young people (DCSF, 2008c). However, a study using matched pairs of Asian and white children found no differences in the likelihood of being bullied according to ethnicity at all, which suggests that the picture may be more complicated. Other previous research indicates that children and young people with SEN, especially learning difficulties, are particularly likely to be subjected to bullying (Norwich and Kelly, 2002) and that boys are more likely to be physically bullied and subjected to attacks on property (Mynard and Joseph, 2000).

Aims of the Study

The project aims to address the following key questions:
– What are the risk factors which contribute to a young person’s likelihood of reporting being bullied?
– How are gender, ethnicity, religiosity, having a special educational need (SEN) or a disability, being in care and social position all related to the likelihood of reporting being bullied?
– How does the type of bullying experienced differ by the main risk factors identified?
– How does the frequency of bullying differ by the risk factors identified?
– How does the persistence of bullying from age 14 to 16 differ by the risk factors identified?
– What is the association between being bullied and school attainment?

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