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Bullying is mainstream in US schools  Serena-@aol.com
 Apr 05, 2005 11:30 PDT 

In a message dated 4/5/2005 1:12:06 PM Eastern Standard Time,
barnaby-@hotmail.com writes:

Workplace bullying is definitely mainstream:


 A 1999 International Labour Organization (ILO) report on workplace
violence emphasized that physical and emotional violence is one of the
most serious problems facing the workplace in the new millennium.

Bullying also occurs at Waldorf schools; it would of course be absurd to
suggest that those two facts are linked.


Nearly half of middle schoolers report daily incidents of harassment


Nearly half of middle schoolers report daily incidents of harassment
26 Mar 2005

In the first study ever to examine daily incidents of peer harassment in
middle school, and students' emotional responses to both experiencing and
witnessing incidents, researchers from the University of California- Los Angeles
report that almost half of sixth-grade urban middle school students said they'd
been harassed by their peers at least once during a two-week period. The study,
published in the March/April 2005 issue of the journal Child Development, found
that the most common types of harassment were public insults (e.g., name
calling) and physical aggression (e.g., kicking, shoving).

"These findings are important because they show that many more kids are
affected by bullying both through their own personal experiences and by what they
see happening to their classmates than previously estimated," said lead author
Adrienne Nishina, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in UCLA's Department of
Education. "Students were bothered by all types of harassment incidents they personally
experienced --for example, being the target of insults, physical aggression,
or rumors--but they were more concerned about and felt sorrier for peers who
encountered verbal rather than physical forms of hostility." Additionally, she
noted, peer victimization is related to negative attitudes toward school, lack
of engagement in class, and fewer positive experiences in school.

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