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Study examines the prevalence of bullying in Australian schools
26 June 2013
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has released its findings on Australian children's experience of unfriendly behaviour at school as part of its Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
The results of the study indicate that incidences of victimisation are higher in groups of students who are from poorer backgrounds, are obese or who have changed schools recently, among other factors. Children within the 10-11 year age group are most likely to have experienced negative or aggressive behaviour from their peers. Bullying behaviours examined in the study include name calling, social exclusion, physical aggression and note writing. While this research does not include cyber bullying the authors recognise the importance of addressing this type of intimidation in future studies.
The study has also highlighted the importance of students establishing positive relationships with their teachers to enable more effective disclosure of bullying. While it is difficult to detect all forms of bullying the authors of the study have suggested that it is imperative that teachers and parents remain engaged with their children to minimise the impact and hopefully reduce the incidence of unfriendly behaviour.
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