Developing a philosophy about bullying and sexual harassment: Cognitive coping strategies among high school students

Ellen W. deLara

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Abstract

Bullying or harassment are a part of the everyday experience of many school children in the U.S. Bullying can take many forms and, while not acceptable, is considered almost inevitable. Despite exposure to various anti-bullying programs instituted in the schools, bullying persists and students must figure out how to deal with this phenomenon. This exploratory study investigated the views of secondary school students on bullying and harassment as well as their strategies for handling this form of peer interaction. One hundred twenty-two students (N = 122) from three rural high schools participated in this action research inquiry. The data were gathered from five focus groups and 52 individual interviews. The study found that students in these schools used cognitive coping mechanisms and strategies to manage the impact of bullying when it was directed toward them. The article describes students' reactions to being victimized as well as their interpretations of their peers' actions. Findings inform violence prevention programs by providing the students' perspective on dealing with this pervasive issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-96
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of School Violence
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Cognitive strategies
  • Harassment
  • School violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Systemic perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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