In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Bullying and Social Work Intervention

  • Introduction

Social Work Bullying and Social Work Intervention
David Dupper, Catherine Arwood
  • LAST REVIEWED: 27 July 2016
  • LAST MODIFIED: 27 July 2016
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0241


Bullying is one of the most prevalent and insidious forms of violence today. Bullying is a distinct type of aggression that involves an imbalance of power where the bully consciously intends to harm his or her victim physically and/or psychologically and has the power and the means to do so with the victim having a difficult time defending him- or herself. The distinguishing characteristic that separates bullying from other forms of violence and conflict- bullying involves the systematic abuse of power. Bullying is a serious problem with short- and long-term consequences. Based on findings of longitudinal studies across four continents, being a victim of bullying is consistently associated with depression, loneliness, social anxiety, and low self-esteem. Recent neuroscience research findings provide evidence that the impact of psychological forms of bullying can be as devastating for the victim as physical abuse. To date, most bullying research has focused on school bullying. Introductory works will focus primarily on school bullying. Subsequent sections of this bibliography focus on cyberbullying, LGBTQ bullying, and sexual bullying/sexual harassment.

Introductory Works

The sources in this section offer the broadest overview of school bullying in all of its manifestations in the United States and internationally.

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