Assessment of the Pattern and Impact of Bullying Behaviour among School Children

September 2014
Journal of Psychiatric Nursing;Sep-Dec2014, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p91
Academic Journal
Bullying is widespread and perhaps the most underreported safety problem on school campuses. A non experimental descriptive survey was done to assess the pattern and impact of bullying behavior among the school children. 50 school children aged 10-14 years were selected through convenience sampling technique. The tool used was structured interview schedule. Variables under study included 4 predictors: types of bullying, places of being bullied, impact of bullying and measures taken by teachers and parents toward bullying. It was seen that 74% of subjects had been called names (e.g. mota, moti, kala, kali, ganju etc.), 66% had been made fun of, 62% had been robbed, 62% had been pushed or shoved, 58% had been slapped. 82% children had mild impact of bullying such as : feeling sick, feeling bad/sad, not wanting to go to school, having no friends, having difficulty in sleeping, low self- esteem, decrease in appetite,not talking to anyone, waning of interest in play and other activities, becoming irritable, having nightmares, feeling frightened when alone, bed wetting, while 10% had moderate impact and 8% had severe impact of bullying. Common places of bullying were: the school premises before and after the school timings. The children reported that they had informed about the bullying incidents to their school teachers and parents.


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