Food for Thought11 Dec 2010 04:23 pm
Bullying can take many forms: physical, emotional, verbal abuse or a combination thereof. It can involve one child bullying another, a group of children against a single child or groups against other groups (such as gang wars).
A recent report from the American Medical Association on a study of over 15,000 6th-10th graders estimates that approximately 3.7 million youths perpetrate, and more than 3.2 million are victims of, moderate or serious bullying each year.
Research indicates that “bullies” have personalities that are rigidly authoritarian, coupled with a powerful compulsion to control or dominate others. Some studies indicate that envy and resentment towards their victims often acts as an unconscious motivator for bullying behavior. This theory certainly helps to explain why eggheads catch so much flack from dumb jocks in elementary school….
Bullying behavior usually starts in early childhood and develops slowly and steadily. Thus, it is crucial that the aggressive behavior of a fledgling bully is nipped in the bud as early as possible, before it solidifies into an enduring personal trait and becomes habitual.
Indeed, there is research evidence, to indicate that bullying during childhood puts children at risk of criminal behavior and domestic violence in adulthood.
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