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Culture and Context of Bullying
Juvonen, Jaana
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Claremont Graduate University. School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences
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Lectures on Applied Psychology and Evaluation Science
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Bullying or peer harassment is recognized as a substantial public health and educational problem in American schools. In this talk, Dr. Juvonen presents findings of collaborative research on bullying conducted primarily in Los Angeles area public middle schools. Dr. Juvonen presents data questioning popular myths about bullies and victims as well as risk and protective factors. One example of this is her finding that bullies do not report any signs of distress but feel socially confident, which is contrary to the belief that bullies suffer from low self-esteem. Most victims of bullying, in turn, do not resemble potential school shooters. Also, contrary to the idea that ethnically homogeneous settings promote sense of safety, Dr. Juvonen’s findings suggest that ethnic diversity is related to perceived school safety, and that there is a stronger association between peer victimization experiences and distress when students have more, as opposed to fewer, same ethnicity classmates. Social and social-cognitive processes are proposed to account for the findings. Implications for interventions are also briefly discussed.
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video/h264; video/quicktime
Bullying in schools
Harassment in schools
Ethnic diversity
Social anxiety
Social psychology
Original video: Digital video cassette; 60 minute DVM; recorded colloquium presentation entitled “Culture and Context of Bullying” April 24, 2008
Stauffer Colloquia on Applied Psychology
Claremont Graduate University Lectures on Applied Psychology and Evaluation Science

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