School Bullying in Different Countries: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Short-Term Outcomes

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School bullying is a specific kind of aggression in which students display frequent and long-term aggressive behavior toward their peers. This aggressive behavior is intentionally perpetrated on a student who cannot easily defend himself or herself and, therefore, there is an imbalance of power between the two (Smith and Brain 2000). It has been pointed out that, with time, this complex psychosocial phenomenon includes also a dominance–submission scheme in which students assume certain behaviors as perpetrators or victims and that this occurs under the “law of silence” (Ortega 2010).


Aggressive Behavior Protective Factor Social Anxiety Suicidal Behavior Sexual Minority 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain
  2. 2.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Department of EducationUniversidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain

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