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What do pupils do when they are bullied?

A large Scottish study looked at the health behaviour of school children. It found that when boys and girls were bullied they were most likely to try to get away, or shout to others or to wait for the bully to calm down. Boys were far more likely than girls to react by fighting, while girls were far more likely than boys to tell their parents. It was not common for children to react by telling a teacher. Sadly, over a quarter of the children did nothing about it.
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Article details

C Currie, J Todd and K Wijckmans (1993) 'Health Behaviours of Scottish School Children: report 2, family, peer, school and socio-economic influences', University of Edinburgh, Research Unit in Health and Behavioural Change.
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Author details

Candace CurrieDr Candace Currie is Director of the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit at The University of Edinburgh. Since the mid 1980s, she has led research projects on the health of young people in Scotland. Since the late 1980s, she has been the Principal Investigator for Scotland in a major international study of the Health Behaviour of School-Aged Children (HBSC). Other research activities include her role as international co-ordinator of a cross-national study of adolescent smoking control. Dr Currie may be contacted by email.
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