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How common is bullying?

One of the largest studies of bullying involved over 28,000 children in Australia between 1993 and 1998. About half of the children (between 8 and 18 years) said they had not been bullied that year. However some children were being bullied regularly: one in five boys said they were bullied weekly and one in six girls said the same.
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Article details

K Rigby (2002) 'New Perspectives on Bullying', London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Limited. Information about this book including contents, reviews and ordering details are available here.
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Graph details

'Incidence of victimisation in Australian schools (percentages reported during the school year)', from the Rigby article above, Table 3.1.

Boys Girls
Every day 2.9 1.2
Most days 5.7 3.8
Once or twice a week 14.3 11.0
Less than once a week 27.3 26.2
Never 49.8 57.9

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Author details

Ken RigbyKen Rigby is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Psychology and an educational consultant at the University of South Australia. He has been involved in major studies of bullying in Australia and has published widely on this topic. For more information about Dr Rigby and his work see the bullying pages here. Ken may be contacted by e-mail.
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