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School BullyingNew Perspectives on a Growing Problem$
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David R. Dupper

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199859597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859597.001.0001

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An Ecological-Systems Perspective of Bullying in Schools

An Ecological-Systems Perspective of Bullying in Schools

(p.1) 1 An Ecological-Systems Perspective of Bullying in Schools
School Bullying

David R. Dupper

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a rationale for and describes an ecological-systems perspective of bullying. It argues that bullying in schools is a reflection of bullying in culture, and that today's youth are receiving mixed and confusing messages about bullying behavior from adults. A “culture of bullying” exists in some schools and serves to normalize bullying within that school. The physiological and psychological changes that mark early adolescence also exacerbate the potential for bullying and explain the spike in bullying behaviors in sixth grade followed by a steady decline in later grades.

Keywords:   school bullying, children, school culture, adolescence, culture of bullying, bullying behaviors

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