Bullying affects Everyone

by ngros3 on March 15, 2014 - 12:01pm

The problem being researched is bullying among high school students. There was a cross-sectional survey questionnaire that was conducted among 2 classes of high school students in Bursa, Turkey in order to identify bullying. There were two sections to the survey which included 7 questions about socio-demographic characteristics of the family and the other section was about determination of violence among peers. The survey consisted of questions about the participant's family and questions about violence among peers. The conclusion that was reached was that more than 96% of the students were involved in some form of bullying whether it be the aggressor or the victim. Also there are many different types of bullying that was surveyed at  Another major finding was that males were bullied about eight percent more than females. Almost every student has been involved in bullying whether it was physical or verbal.

            The main purpose of this article was to show bullying behavior among students in high school. The key question the author is addressing is who, why,  and how these students are participating in bullying whether it is from the bullies' perspective or the victim's perspective. The most important information in this article is that there are multiple types of bullying and each can affect everyone. This is supported when the author says "A total of 5926 students involved in violence demonstrated physical (95.8%), emotional (48.5%), and verbal (25.3%) bullying behaviors. From personal experience I can agree with that statement. In High School, there may not always be physical bullying, but there is plenty of other types of bullying  that can affect everyone at some point. The main inference of this article is that no matter what background you are from, you will experience some form of bullying. This is stated in the article when it says " Majority (99.2%) of male, and female (93.9%) students were detected to be involved n one form of bullying behaviors as aggressors or victims at one time of their lives." Another piece of important information is that males are physically bullied eight percent more than females. From personal experience I can support that information in the article because in life it is more common to see two males fighting. This may be due to the testosterone in males or from another source, but I have seen less females resort to physical violence. This study covered everything about bullying. One main assumption I can take from this article is that almost everyone will experience some sort of bullying in their lifetime, it is inevitable.




TÜRKMEN, N., DOKGÖZ, H., AKGÖZ, S., EREN, B., VURAL, P., & POLAT, O. (2013). Bullying among High School Students. Maedica - A Journal Of Clinical Medicine8(2), 143-152.


What I like about this post is that it is a brief introduction to investigating the many circumstances that result in high school students' bullying with one another. The resource used is quite recent, because it's not very realistic for bullying to be reduced dramatically in Turkey from 2013 to 2014. With at least the results of one study provided, we can conclude that we need to keep up with our researching, and we try to expand it to see if this problem occurs at other places as well. Still, I agree that bullying is inevitable, in combination with my own experience as a former high school student.

In addition, I like the way on how at the beginning, the ideas are generalized but relevant enough; that gives the reader a rough grasp of what has been done and why before the specifics are given. It flows consistently, with the right information given at the right time. This is thus helpful for people who want to volunteer and start a campaign on anti-bullying matters.

The related article "A new approach to unmaking school bullies," by Catherine Solyom, a Montreal Gazette Education Reporter, (http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/approach+unmaking+school+bullies/948...) discusses on one potential approach to reducing the amount of bullying in schools. It says that there exists some anti-bullying programs that make the problem worse, and that a more realistic approach into bullying must be given in order to find possible solutions for both the bully and the victim to accept one another instead of conflicting with one another. Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management Eva De Gosztonyi suggests that one possible solution is to "adopt" a bully, with an example given to show that there is at least one case the problem is solved.

Montreal does not only look over the potential problem with bullying; the school boards are also involved in practical matters in order to control behaviour, and promote excellent education and social matters. They followed Quebec's Bill 56, which according to De Gosztonyi, was "counterproductive" because for this approach to be effective, the bullying case must be dealt individually.

Essentially, under my own opinion, the connection shown is that governments should agree with one another, with involvement by the United Nations, that there has to be a way to control bullying in schools so that the crime rate is lower in the future. (that is, if bullying persists throughout the growing up stage of each student.)

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