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Can positive environments have negative effects? Evidence of a healthy context paradox for victims of school bullying

List of Authors: Garandeau Claire F.

Publisher: Turun yliopisto

Place: Turku

Publication year: 2021

Journal: INVEST blog

Issue number: 10.5.2021

URL: https://blogit.utu.fi/invest/2021/06/10/can-positive-environments-have-negative-effects-evidence-of-a-healthy-context-paradox-for-victims-of-school-bullying/


Being bullied by peers is not a benign experience. A large number of studies show that children and adolescents who are victimized tend to become depressed, anxious, and lonely. It is precisely because bullying can be so harmful that a substantial effort has been made in past decades to develop and implement anti-bullying policies and interventions. The good news is that several anti-bullying programs have been successful at reducing bullying. When levels of victimization go down in a classroom or a school, it is obviously considered a great accomplishment. However, what are the implications of such decreases for those who remain victimized – or even become victimized? More and more research is pointing to an alarming paradox: Improved social climates – or “healthy contexts”- might do more harm than good to vulnerable children.

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