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Kids vs bullies

Some children who witness the bullying of others are reluctant to intervene on the victim’s behalf because they fear it would not be in their best interest, and that others would not follow suit.  The findings appear in a 2015 abstract Childhood Bullying and Social Dilemmas by Amelia Kohm, Ph.D., founder of Data Viz for Nonprofits, a firm that helps non-profits visualize and interpret the results of their surveys.

According to the abstract, a group of 292 middle school students at a private residential school in US were surveyed about bullying-related experiences that took place in their school residences where between 10 and 12 students of the same gender lived.

Results revealed that the students surveyed were reluctant to intervene on behalf of bullying victims because they were not confident that others not join them in supporting the victimized kids.

“The findings suggested that both individual and group factors were associated with behavior in bullying situations and that attitudes, group norms, and social dilemmas each made a unique contribution to predicting behavior in bullying situations,” Kohm wrote.

The abstract that was published in March, 2015 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. appears on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information website.

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