Bullying is a result of the interaction between individual students who are involved in the interactions but this is insufficient to explain why it occurs. Not only are the bully and victim involved, but others are involved as well. Bullying occurs in a social context. Once bullying begins, it is maintained by the system. The characteristics of the peer group, and the social context of the classroom, playground or lunchroom, each contribute to the perpetuation of the behaviors (Espelage, 2002). The range of behaviors, from teasing or low-level aggressive behaviors to bullying or harassment, is driven by more than simply aggression.
KeywordsAggressive Behavior Bully Behavior Junior High School Student Walk Away Silent Majority
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