Conceptualizing Bullying Behavior in Juveniles: A Comparative Analysis of Previous Research

Horace Lyons, Sam Houston State University
Laura B. Myers, Sam Houston State University

This article addresses the issue of bullying behavior is juveniles using a comparative analysis of the Japanese and American research on bullying behaviors. Focusing on the cultural context of bullying in Japan and the United States, the authors compare what is known about bulling behavior including the types of bullying, the frequency of the behavior, characteristics of the bully and the victims of the bully, the reasons for bully behavior, and the consequences of such behaviors both for the individual and the community. The goal of the article is to increase the conceptual knowledge to be used for future research on bullying behavior and school violence research. Implications for future research are discussed.

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