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SCS Bullying in Singapore

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IN SINGAPORE
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT
Bullying
OUR RESEARCH
3 research studies on past bullying experiences of:
786 Primary School Students
513 Secondary School Students
600 young adults
Studied in:
2009
Studied in:
2006
Studied in:
2007
1 in 5
Primary School Students
1 in 4
Secondary School Students
HOW MANY WERE BULLIED?
TYPES OF BULLYING EXPERIENCED
of Primary school victims
58%
69%
of Secondary school victims
Verbal
Using words to hurt or shame
Aggression - hitting, pushing, kicking
Physical
38%
of Primary school victims
51%
of Secondary school victims
24%
5%
More Secondary school boys than girls  were victims
Relational
Social exclusion, sabotaging relationships
44%
17%
More Secondary school girls had rumours spread about them
54%
25%
More Primary school  girls were socially excluded
EFFECTS OF BULLYING
Emotional
Psychological
Primary & Secondary school victims reported the following effects:
33%
16%
More girls than boys felt bad about themselves
Behavioural
26%
wanted to be alone
32%
retaliated
retaliated against the bully & destroyed property
cried & had difficulties sleeping
boys
more primary school
than girls
more secondary school
girls
than boys
against the bully
DOES BULLYING HAVE A LONG TERM IMPACT?
We asked young adults to:
bullied
more depressed
lower self-esteem
poorer well-being
Note
Though statistically significant, differences between the bullied and not-bullied groups were small
recall their past bullying experiences in primary & secondary school
rate their current well-being
Compared to those who were not bullied:
WHERE DO VICTIMS SEEK HELP?
3
most common sources of help
secondary school victims
primary school victims
35%
17%
did not tell anyone they were bullied
of primary school victims
of secondary school victims
help-seeking
was the most common method suggested by young adults to reduce or prevent bullying
BUT
young adults
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Look out for warning signs
show a sudden lack of interest in school
A child who has been bullied may:
withdraw from school & family activities
have physical injuries not consistent with explanations
Find out more about bullying
bully-free website:
    bullyfree.sg
To find out more about the findings reported here, please refer to our research monographs:            - Bullying in Singapore (2008)            - Young Adults' Recall of School Bullying (2010)
https://www.childrensociety.org.sg/research-completed