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Where does bullying take place?

A nationwide study of bullying in Irish schools found that at primary school level, the most common location of bullying was the playground. Seventy four per cent of children bullied at primary school said that it had happened in the playground. Thirty one per cent of bullied primary school pupils said that it had occurred in the classroom. The picture was different at secondary school level, where the most common location of bullying was the classroom (47% of bullied pupils reported that it had happened in the classroom). The next most common place at secondary school level was in the corridors (37%) and then the playground (27%). Other areas of bullying in both primary and secondary schools included the changing rooms, locker areas and toilets. In boarding school locations of bullying included dormitories. Almost 20% of primary pupils who had been bullied and almost 9% of bullied secondary pupils said that it had occurred on the way to or from school.
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Article details

Mona O'Moore (no date), 'School Issues' - this article can be found on the website of the Anti-Bullying Centre, Trinity College Dublin here.

A M O'Moore, C Kirkham and M Smith (1997) 'Bullying Behaviour in Irish Schools: a nationwide study', in 'The Irish Journal of Psychology', Volume 18, Number 2, pages 141-169. Special Issue: 'Bullying Behaviour in Schools'.
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Graph details

'Percentages of victims reporting a) in which class/year were the pupils who bullied them and b) where in the school they were bullied', from the article 'Bullying Behaviour in Irish Schools: a nationwide study' (full article details above), table 10, page 153.

Primary
N=3101
Post-Primary
N=1775
(a) Class or year where the bullies were
In the victims own class 56.5 46.3
In a different class but the same year 15.3 30.8
In years above 36.4 35.6
In years below 9.5 4.5
N=3056 N=1750
(b) Where in the school they were bullied
In the corridors 7.0 37.8
In the playground 73.7 26.8
In the classroom 31.2 46.5
Other places in school 15.5 15.4

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Professor Astrid O'MooreAuthor details

Professor Astrid Mona O'Moore has been involved in extensive research into bullying in Ireland. In 1993-94, she led the first nationwide survey of bullying behaviour in Irish schools, which looked at violence between pupils and also violence between pupils and school staff. In a more recent survey, she examined workplace bullying in schools. She is Co-ordinator of The Anti-Bullying Centre, at the Department of Education, Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Dublin, The Republic of Ireland. Professor O'Moore may be contacted by email.
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