Rethinking School Bullying

Rethinking School Bullying : Towards an Integrated Model

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What would make anti-bullying initiatives more successful? This book offers a new approach to the problem of school bullying. The question of what constitutes a useful theory of bullying is considered and suggestions are made as to how priorities for future research might be identified. The integrated, systemic model of school bullying introduced in this book is based on four qualitative studies and incorporates theory from systemic thinking; cognitive, social, developmental and psychoanalytic psychology; sociology, socio-biology and ethology. The possible functions served by bullying behaviour are explored. Consideration is also given to the potential role of unconscious as well as conscious processes in bullying. The model suggests a number of causal processes within one-to-one relationships and peer groups, and highlights factors within individuals and schools that shape the form, intensity and duration of bullying behaviour in practice. The issue of 'difference' is also addressed, focusing on childhood deafness.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 18mm | 539.77g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521889715
  • 9780521889711
  • 1,591,055

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Bullying in schools: the research background; 2. Understanding schools as systems; 3. Bullying in groups: ostracism and scapegoating; 4. Developing an integrated, systemic model of school bullying; 5. Building personal bodies of knowledge to support research and practice; 6. Building a public body of knowledge to support research and practice; 7. Conclusion.
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About Peter K. Smith

Roz Dixon is Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Assistant Dean in the School of Science, Birkbeck College, University of London. She has over 25 years' experience of working in the voluntary sector, the NHS and higher education, as a counsellor, patient advocate, campaigner, programme director and manager, and has written a number of articles on bullying. Peter K. Smith is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the editor of Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe (2003) and co-editor of several other books on bullying in schools, including Bullying in Schools: How Successful Can Interventions Be? (2004) and Bullying in the Global Village (2011).
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