Bullies in Greek Cypriot state primary schools : a problem or a challenge?
Kaloyirou, Chrystalla A. (2004) Bullies in Greek Cypriot state primary schools : a problem or a challenge? PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Bullying in State Greek Cypriot Primary Schools has been receiving a
subsequent media attention in recent years. However, there is still not adequate
research evidence on this issue. This study is an attempt to examine whether
bullying could be considered as a form of aggressive behaviour, to investigate
the situation in State Greek Primary Schools in Cyprus and to examine the
developmental history, the psychological and social characteristics of nine 11-
year-old bullies in State Greek Cypriot Primary Schools. These investigations
were undertaken on the basis of four models: the Proposed Model of Aggression,
the Model of the Empirical Work, the Model of Parents’ Perceptions about the
bullies or bullying and the Model of the Teachers’ Perceptions about bullies or
The study employed both qualitative and quantitative methods and comprised
two stages. In Stage 1 a survey was undertaken of the teachers’ perceptions about
bullying in 29 state primary schools in Nicosia. Pupil perceptions were surveyed
in three schools where the levels of bullying seemed to be higher than in the rest
of the schools. In Stage 2 a sample of 9 boys were identified as bullies from these
3 schools with high levels of bullying and these formed the case studies. An
investigation of the nine boys’ developmental history, psychological and social
characteristics was undertaken through interviewing their parents, teachers and
peers and by the use of standardised tests and role play.
This investigation of the nine case studies provided support for the view that
bullying is a form of aggressive behaviour as all the factors that are reported in
the relevant literature about aggression seem to play a role in its development,
albeit to a different extent and in different combinations in the nine bullies.
Moreover, bullying was found to occur in all State Greek Cypriot Primary
Schools regardless of the social background of the school. Many factors related
to the bullies’ psychological and social characteristics are involved in an act of
bullying and consequently each has to be seriously taken into consideration, both
individually and in combination, in any effort aiming at the prevention or
inhibition of the problem in schools.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Bullying in schools -- Cyprus, Schools, Greek -- Cyprus, Education, Elementary -- Cyprus, School children -- Cyprus -- Case studies|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Institute of Education|
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