n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The criminological significance of peer victimisation in public schools in South Africa
|Article Title||The criminological significance of peer victimisation in public schools in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||South African Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC)|
|Journal||Child Abuse Research in South Africa|
|Publication Date||Apr 2008|
|Pages||27 - 36|
School violence in the form of peer victimisation in public schools is a universal problem and a source of social concern because it is counterproductive and a violation not only of basic individual rights, but also of the scholastic institution's educational and social goals. This study examined the incidence and nature of peer victimisation in the Tshwane south area in South Africa to explore reasons for peer victimisation and the psychosocial consequences thereof, and to draw attention to the criminological significance of peer victimisation. A purposive sample of 1 873 learners participated in the study in the form of a self-report survey drawn from eight secondary, and two special schools, in the Tshwane south district in Gauteng, South Africa. Self-report incidents of peer victimisation included acts of verbal, physical, and relational aggression.
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