oa Crime Research in South Africa - Peer victimisation in schools : the victims

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1605-5810



Peer victimisation among learners is not new. Most adults can remember incidents of bullying in which they were the bullies or intended victims. In fact, the common perception has been that bullying is a relatively normal and harmless experience most learners go through. Bullying has only received research attention since the early seventies when a Norwegian researcher, Olweus, began to study this phenomenon. His book, (1978), is still considered the first scientific study of peer victimisation. Although the literature on bullying has grown significantly since the 1980s, little research has been published in this area from a South African perspective.

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