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How common is bullying?

Over 2,000 pupils took part in a 1997 study about bullying in English schools. When asked how often they had been bullied since Christmas (6 months before) most of the pupils (87.8%) said that they had not been bullied or that it had happened only once or twice. However 12.2% said they had been bullied 2 or 3 times a month, about once a week or several times a week. When they were asked about bullying others, most of the pupils (97.1%) said they had not bullied another student since Christmas, or only once or twice. However, some pupils (2.9%) did admit to bullying others two or three times a month or more often.
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Article details

P K Smith and Shu Shu (2000) 'What Good Schools Can Do About Bullying: findings from a survey in English schools after a decade of research and action', in 'Childhood', volume 7 (2).
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Graph details

'Frequency of being bullied and bullying others for overall sample and for boys and girls (in percentages)' from the Smith and Shu article above, table 1, page 198.

Being bullied Not bullied Once/twice 2,3/month 1/week several/
week
Overall 55.5 32.3 4.3 3.8 4.1
Boys 56.8 30.5 4.9 4.0 3.8
Girls 53.9 34.3 3.7 3.6 4.5
Bullying others Did not bully Once/twice 2,3/month 1/ week several/
week
Overall 73.4 23.7 1.3 1.0 0.6
Boys 71.9 24.1 1.7 1.5 0.8
Girls 75.1 23.1 0.9 0.5 0.4

'Frequency of being bullied, and bullying others, two or three times a month or more for overall sample by year group (in percentages)' from the Smith and Shu article above, table 2, page 198.

2/3 month
or more often
Year 6 (10 years) Year 7 (11 years) Year 8 (12 years) Year 9 (13 years) Year 10 (14 years)
Been bullied 18.7 13.1 12.1 10.5 7.5
Bully others 5.3 1.4 2.8 3.6 3.3

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Author details

Peter SmithProfessor Peter K Smith is Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths College, London. He has been involved in bullying research for a number of years and has published widely on this topic.

Peter Smith may be contacted by email, and the website of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths College may be found here.
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