Bullying in our Schools and Workplaces

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Bullying is a common challenge in both our schools and our workplaces. According to a national study several years ago, almost 1/3 of youth in the United States (nearly 6 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either the bully, the bully’s target, or both. In the survey of students in grades 6-10, 13% acknowledged bullying others, 11% reported being the bullied, and 6% said that they both bullied others and were being bullied themselves (Nansel et al, 2001; SafeYouth.org).

Does the bullying end once these young people leave school and get a job? No, in fact some researchers think workplace bullying is on the increase. Bullying at work causes decreases in productivity and innovation, and increases in turnover. (BullyingStatistics.org). According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, up to a third of workers may be the victims of workplace bullying. and about 20% of workplace bullying is serious enough to be considered harassment. 

Nansel, T.R., Overpeck, M., Pilla, R.S., Ruan, W.J., Simons-Morton, B., & Scheidt, P. (2001). Bullying Behaviors Among US Youth: Prevalence and Association With Psychosocial Adjustment., 285(16), 2094-2100.




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