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Is bullying in Scotland the same as in other countries?

A 1989 Scottish study (Mellor, 1990) gave a picture of bullying in 10 secondary schools. In many ways it was similar to the situation in Norway. In particular the levels of bullying (those bullying and those being bullied) in both countries were very close. However, there was more of a difference when the results of the Scottish study were compared with the results of an English study carried out in the same year. The answers of secondary schoolchildren in Sheffield revealed a slightly higher proportion of victims and bullies in England than Scotland. As found in other countries including Australia and England, the most common type of bullying in Scotland was unpleasant name calling.
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Article details

A Mellor (1997) 'Bullying in Scottish Secondary Schools', SCRE Spotlight, Number 23. This article can be viewed online here.
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Andrew MellorAuthor details

At 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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