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Presentation and management of school bullying and the impact of anti-bullying strategies for pupils: a self-report survey in London schools

Presentation and management of school bullying and the impact of anti-bullying strategies for pupils: a self-report survey in London schools

Public Health 126(9): 782-789

To investigate differences in the presentation and management of bullying in two London boroughs, one with high levels of deprivation and the other with low levels of deprivation; and to explore pupils' views on successful approaches to tackle bullying. Problems associated with bullying in childhood can manifest with mental disorders, depression and poorer perceived health in adulthood. However, despite the recent development of anti-bullying policies within schools, bullying remains a significant issue for many pupils. An original self-report survey was undertaken to investigate this important area. A web-based questionnaire was undertaken with pupils from year 8 (aged 12-13 years) at four secondary schools in London. The study was approved by King's College London Research Ethics Committee. In total, 304 pupils completed the questionnaire, 55% of whom were affected by bullying at their school. Deprivation had no impact on the prevalence of pupils involved in a bullying culture. School membership is the most important independent factor for determining bullying. Policy could be aimed at changing pupils' views on dealing with bullying, and it is vital that policies and practices around bullying are active and alive and do not become 'file fodder'.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2012.05.001

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