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No safe haven: locations of harassment and bullying victimization in middle schools.
J Sch Health. 2014 Dec; 84(12):810-8.JS

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Given that adolescent bullying victimization is a significant concern for secondary education and adolescent development, identifying school contexts in which victimization is most likely to occur is salient.

METHODS

An anonymous online survey assessed the prevalence of being harassed or bullied in various locations within 20 middle schools (grades 5-9) in New Jersey and New York (N = 10,668). Seven types of bullying-related victimization (teased in an unfriendly way, called hurtful names, physically abused, excluded from a group to hurt feelings, belongings taken/damaged, threatened to be hurt, and negative rumors spread) were examined in 7 locations where each type of victimization could occur (classroom, lunchroom, hallways, gym, playground, bus, or bathroom).

RESULTS

Prevalence of victimization types ranged from 4% to 38% depending on location. Prevalence of overall victimization was equal or greater in classrooms compared with other school locations (highest prevalence rates in hallways, classrooms, and lunchrooms), regardless of school demographic characteristics. Victimization in classrooms compared with other school settings was most highly associated with feelings of being unsafe.

CONCLUSIONS

Vigilant attention to bullying is needed across all school environments and especially in the classroom context, which may mistakenly be perceived as a more protected area. Indeed, middle school classrooms are not safe havens.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney St., Geneva, NY 14456. perkins@hws.edu.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25388598

Citation

Perkins, H Wesley, et al. "No Safe Haven: Locations of Harassment and Bullying Victimization in Middle Schools." The Journal of School Health, vol. 84, no. 12, 2014, pp. 810-8.
Perkins HW, Perkins JM, Craig DW. No safe haven: locations of harassment and bullying victimization in middle schools. J Sch Health. 2014;84(12):810-8.
Perkins, H. W., Perkins, J. M., & Craig, D. W. (2014). No safe haven: locations of harassment and bullying victimization in middle schools. The Journal of School Health, 84(12), 810-8. https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12208
Perkins HW, Perkins JM, Craig DW. No Safe Haven: Locations of Harassment and Bullying Victimization in Middle Schools. J Sch Health. 2014;84(12):810-8. PubMed PMID: 25388598.
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TY - JOUR T1 - No safe haven: locations of harassment and bullying victimization in middle schools. AU - Perkins,H Wesley, AU - Perkins,Jessica M, AU - Craig,David W, PY - 2013/07/13/received PY - 2014/04/10/revised PY - 2014/06/23/accepted PY - 2014/11/13/entrez PY - 2014/11/13/pubmed PY - 2015/7/7/medline KW - adolescents KW - bullying KW - bullying locations KW - middle school KW - victimization SP - 810 EP - 8 JF - The Journal of school health JO - J Sch Health VL - 84 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: Given that adolescent bullying victimization is a significant concern for secondary education and adolescent development, identifying school contexts in which victimization is most likely to occur is salient. METHODS: An anonymous online survey assessed the prevalence of being harassed or bullied in various locations within 20 middle schools (grades 5-9) in New Jersey and New York (N = 10,668). Seven types of bullying-related victimization (teased in an unfriendly way, called hurtful names, physically abused, excluded from a group to hurt feelings, belongings taken/damaged, threatened to be hurt, and negative rumors spread) were examined in 7 locations where each type of victimization could occur (classroom, lunchroom, hallways, gym, playground, bus, or bathroom). RESULTS: Prevalence of victimization types ranged from 4% to 38% depending on location. Prevalence of overall victimization was equal or greater in classrooms compared with other school locations (highest prevalence rates in hallways, classrooms, and lunchrooms), regardless of school demographic characteristics. Victimization in classrooms compared with other school settings was most highly associated with feelings of being unsafe. CONCLUSIONS: Vigilant attention to bullying is needed across all school environments and especially in the classroom context, which may mistakenly be perceived as a more protected area. Indeed, middle school classrooms are not safe havens. SN - 1746-1561 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25388598/No_safe_haven:_locations_of_harassment_and_bullying_victimization_in_middle_schools_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.12208 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -