Bullying and Youth Violence

Janice Joseph, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Bullying, a form of violence among children, is common on school playgrounds, in neighborhoods, and in homes throughout the United States. It often occurs out of the presence of adults or in front of adults who fail to intercede and has long been considered an inevitable and, in some ways, uncontrollable part of growing up. However, bullying has come under intense public and media scrutiny recently as the precipitating factor in several well-publicized cases of school shootings. This paper examines the nature and extent of bullying, the causes of bullying, the relationship between bullying and youth violence, and ways to prevent bullying.

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Updated 05/20/2006