Why Do Some Kids Bully Others? There is No All-purpose Answer (TX UCEDD)

February 8, 2016

The National Bullying Prevention Center states that one in every four students is bullied during the school year. Jamilia Blake, Associate Professor of School Psychology at Texas A&M University, has studied the causes and effects of bullying at school and its impact on victims. How parents handle bullying situations could have significant effects on children, she says.

Blake believes that the face of bullying is ever-changing. Her research has shown that a bully's personal environment and upbringing does not always necessarily contribute to their behavior. Consequently, schools can have difficulty profiling behaviors of bullies.

"There's not a one-size-fits-all to bullies. It can look like so many different things; for example, it can be relational or cyber bullying," Dr. Blake said. "I think some children bully because it feels good to be in control over other people's emotions and others bully for instrumental reasons so that they can attain items or social status or being popular with their peers."

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source: Transform TAMU