Peer aggression and wellbeing of South Australian middle-school students in public schools: Report of findings

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Abstract

Six hundred and forty three middle school students from Years 8-10, participated in the peer aggression and well-being study.

Over half (59.1%) of the participants indicated that they had either not been a target of an act of aggression or had been on the receiving end of one that was not intended to harm (See Table 1), and over eighty percent (83.8%) self-reported that they did not perpetuate aggressive acts towards peers, or if they did, it was not intended to harm (see Table 2).

However, nearly twenty percent (17.7%) reported that they had been a victim of bullying (i.e. repeatedly experiencing an intentionally harmful act of aggression where there was a power imbalance between victim and bully). By contrast, less than 10 percent (5.7%, n=36) of participants indicated that they had deliberately bullied others.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide, South Australia
PublisherFlinders University
Commissioning bodyDepartment for Education and Child Development, SA
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Peer aggression
  • Bullying
  • Middle schools
  • School students
  • Victims of bullying
  • Aggression

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