n African Journal of Psychiatry - But it makes you tough... doesn't it? Everyone goes through it... right?
The myths and truths behind bullying and self-esteem : patients as partners (SADAG)

Volume 12, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Bullying is on the increase in South Africa. Even more frightening is we tell our children to expect it - and accept it - because "kids will be kids". Bullying is abusive behaviour by one or more people against a victim. It can be a direct physical attack like teasing, taunting, hitting, punching and stealing or it can be more subtle and malicious through gossiping, spreading rumours and intentional exclusion. The result is the victim becomes socially rejected and isolated. Physical or psychological intimidation creates an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse - the vicious cycle of bullying.

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