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Published: 16 April 2015

160 Pages | 1 b/w diagram


ISBN: 9780199003044

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Bullying in Canada

Faye Mishna and Melissa Van Wert

  • Consolidates years of research on bullying. From the earliest research by Dan Olweus in Norway to the most recent Health Behaviour in School-Age Children survey, Faye Mishna and Melissa van Wert survey the full spectrum of research, explaining methodological issues, definitional problems, and best-practice.
  • Addresses bullying as a problem with real consequences for public health. We now understand that this behaviour affects our long-term health and mental well-being; governments are beginning to address bullying as a serious issue for public health.
  • First-hand research, including real case-studies. Authors have conducted their own substantial research among children in Canadian school; they draw on a wealth of original, primary, and previously unpublished information to provide a clear snapshot of the current climate.
  • Reveals complexity. Bullying often involves shifting power relations and subtle forms of aggression, not to mention onlookers who silent witness may amount to complicity - in other words, it involves a network of behaviour that may be difficult for adults to detect, correctly interpret, and address.
  • Debunks myths about bullying. Some inherited wisdom turns out to misguided at best: children do not necessarily "grow out" of bullying, and "standing up" to their tormentors rarely results in a sustainable solution. Nor is bullying an isolated, individual problem.
  • Explores different types of bullying. Research shows that bullying behavior can be helpfully classified into categories, including bias-based, gender, and bullying among friends and siblings. Classifications like psychological and relational bullying help adults recognize patterns and subtle distinctions.
  • Deeply insightful. Bullying is a relationship problem that requires a mature and compassionate awareness of group dynamics and individual circumstances.
  • Clear demonstration of the need for education at all levels. School administrators, teachers, and parents all have a duty to raise awareness, change toxic school or home climates, teach appropriate online etiquette, and use smart intervention strategies.
  • Cyber-bullying. An entire chapter is devoted to the relatively new phenomenon of social media and online bullying, considering similarities and differences with traditional bullying.
  • An up-to-date survey of Canadian law as it applies to bullying. A clear and concise evaluation of existing laws, as well as those under development, helps highlight how society currently holds perpetrators responsible.
  • Ecological framework. Authors recommend treating each young person in terms of his or her unique context; adults must engage in the layered and interacting social contexts in which young people develop.
  • Guidelines. Authors condense a huge quantity of research into seven effective and supportive strategies.

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