Bullying in Primary School: New Research Findings in Greek School System

By Yiota Xanthakou, Victoria Katsigianni, Nikos Andreadakis and Maria Kaila.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The aim of this research is to study bullying behaviors as well as the victim’s reactions. The methodology of quantitative approach (questionnaires) was used for the study of bullying in a sample of about 800 students (11 and 12 years old) from 14 primary schools in Athens and Piraeus in Greece (urban areas).

The findings indicate that 38.4% of students were victims of bullying behavior during the last term while 37,4% of students bullied others at school. According to the findings, the main victim’s feelings are anger (57.8%), sadness (33%) and solitude (29%). As regards as the victim’s ways of reactions, findings showed that 31.1% of the victims did not react when they bullied, 29.5% they mentioned the bullying incident to the teacher and 25.8% react with aggression.

The findings also indicate that bullies have higher scores on self-esteem scale and lower scores on locus of control scale than victims in overall the sample. The results are discussed with reference to similar findings in other studies in Greece or abroad.

Keywords: Bullying Situation, Self Esteem, Locus of Control

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.91-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.019MB).

Yiota Xanthakou

Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of the Aegean, Greece

Yota Xanthakou is Assistant Professor at the University of the Aegean. She is an expert in Creative Learning and Teaching, in the analysis of children’s drawing and also in issues of School Refusal and School Failure. She is author of five books and several articles in Greek and international journals. Perhaps her most characteristic work is her monograrh The Creative Problem Solving, which is to be published in English. She is co-editor of the series “Creativity” with Professors Frank Monks and Maria Kaila.

Ms Victoria Katsigianni

Primary school, Department of education, University of Aegean, Athens, Attiki, Greece

Victoria Katsigianni is a teacher, PHD of Aegean University, Master in education to pupils with special needs. She has published a number of articles and chapters in Greek journals and books.

Nikos Andreadakis

Assistant Professor, Department of Education, University of Crete, Greece

Nikos Andreadakis is Assistant Professor University of Crete, Department of Primary Education. Expert in Educational Research and Evaluation Recherché interests: Methodology of Educational Recherché, Evaluation and accreditation, life long learning, School failure, Effective teaching and effective school. He has published three books and many articles in Greek and international journals.

Maria Kaila

Professor, Department of Education, University of the Aegean, Greece

Maria Kaila is Professor at the University of the Aegean and Vice Rector (1997-2003), Chair of the Greek Psychological Association (2003-2005)and sits on the Committees of several international networks (PRERUDE, INRUDA, BSUN). She is an expert in issues of Universities, University Research and Sustainable Develorment, Evaluation, and also in the field of School Refusal and School Failure.She is editor of the series “Text in Education” and “Creativity”, with Professor Guy Berger and Lecturer Helena Theodoropoulou (in the former series), as well as Professor Franz Monks and Assistant Professor Yota Xanthakou (in the latter series). She is the author of six books and she has published a number of articles and chapters in international journals and volumes.

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