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Bullying Research: Its History, Findings and Comparison to a Personal Narrative
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John Sizemore Jr., Southern New Hampshire University
This research paper explores the current attitudes of teachers towards the bullying—or “peer victimization”—of children and compare with the attitudes teachers held thirty years ago. At that and prior times, the attitude was that peer victimization was considered a part of the childhood experience.
This author examines the previous attitude through research on the documentation of the period before the research conducted by Norwegian psychologist Dan Olweus, who began to study the phenomenon in Norwegian schoolchildren in the 1970’s. This author will also provide a summary of Olweus’ work, which led him to developthe Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), which the author will explain.
The author then presents reviews of articles that detail the long-term effects of peer victimization on victims, such as emotional problems and isolation, with emphasis on the victims’ adaptations to later life, such as secondary schools, universities and the employment world, and the feelings of victimization being carried over to situations where peer victimization does not exist.
Finally, the author, as a victim of peer victimization, will detail the explanation behind his interest in this topic, provide his experiences, analyze what the research has verified to be accurate and what things in the research and interview has facilitated the author’s reconciliation about his past experiences. This author will also discuss his abortive endeavor to secure an interview with an educator who worked in the author’s schools during his childhood, with an explanation of the roles these two educators had in the author’s education and the questions that this author wanted to raise.