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Are there differences in the bullying experiences of girls and boys?

According to the answers of almost 1,000 pupils in Scotland in 1987, at secondary school, boys were more involved in bullying (as victim or bully) than girls. In third year the number of boys being bullied increased sharply while the number of girls who reported being bullied dropped. Another difference appeared when pupils were asked if they had bullied others recently, with far more boys than girls admitting to bullying. This difference was particularly noticeable in S4, where very few girls admitted to bullying, but roughly 12% of the boys admitted bullying others, and 5% admitted to bullying someone every day.
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Article details

A Mellor (1989) 'Boys and Girls', extract from 'Bullying - Not Worth Bothering About', unpublished report. A reference copy is held by the Anti-Bullying Network at the University of Edinburgh.
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Author details

Andrew MellorAt the time of the study, Andrew Mellor was a practising teacher who had received funding from the Scottish Education Department to carry out this project. He has been actively involved in anti-bullying work in Scotland for almost 15 years, speaking at conferences, writing for academic and non-academic audiences and running in-service courses for teachers. He is now manager of the Anti-Bullying Network, which is funded by the Scottish Executive and based at The University of Edinburgh.
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