Bullying in schools

Pesten op school

Bullying is intentional ‘harm doing’, which is carried out repeatedly and over time in an interpersonal relationship characterized by an imbalance of power. Bullying can take several forms, including physical aggression and social exclusion.

This project tries to answer several questions, including:

  • Are bullies social ‘oafs’ or rather skilled manipulators?
  • Which costs and benefits are associated with bullying?
  • Does bullying lead to high status in the peer group and can high status be gained in positive ways?
  • Is narcissism a risk factor for bullying?
  • Do self- and peer reports of bullying yield different numbers of bullies and victims?
  • Peers can defend victims of bullying in several ways: does the way depend on child’s standing in the peer group?