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Bullying and coping strategies in elementary school children


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Radman Petrušić, Katarina. (2005). Bullying and coping strategies in elementary school children. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Keresteš, Gordana].

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The aim of the study was to investigate coping strategies employed in response to bullying. There were 309 participants (146 boys and 163 girls), elementary school children in grades 5 to 8. Using Revised Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire Students were classified into four bully-victim status types: bullies, victims, bully/victims and uninvolved children. For the investigation of coping strategies short version of Self-Report Coping Measure (Causey i Dubow, 1992) was used. In our sample there were 80,6% uninvolved children, 8,7% bullies, 8,1% victims, and 2,6% bully/victims. There were more boys among bullies than girls. Coping strategies most frequently used by students in response to bullying are: Self-Reliance/Problem-Solvig and Seeking Social Support, which are approach strategies. Then, according to frequency, follow coping strategies: Distancing, Internalizing and Externalizing, which are avoidance strategies. Uninvolved children used more Self-Reliance/Problem-Solving strategy when compared to victims and bullies. Internalizing was most frequently used by victims, followed by uninvolved children, while Internalizing was at least frequently used by bullies. Girls use more Seeking Social Support and Internalizing, and less frequently Distancing, when compared to boys. Younger children use more frequently Seeking Social Support, and less frequently Self-Reliance/Problem Solving than older children. The findings were discussed in relation to a model of risk of peer harassment (Juvonen i Graham, 2001).

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: bullying, victim, stress, coping strategies, children
Subjects: Psychology > Školska psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Keresteš, Gordana
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:06

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