Help seeking amongst child and adolescent victims of peer-aggression and bullying: The influence of school-stage, gender, victimisation, appraisal, and emotion

James M.E. Boyle, Simon C. Hunter, David Warden

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An important element of many anti-bullying programmes is encouraging victims to tell someone about their predicament. Research has already reported prevalence of telling, who/when children tell and efficacy of telling. However, seeking help can be viewed as a coping behaviour, and coping processes such as appraisal and emotion may be important predictors of whether pupils ask for help. To examine the effects that background variables (gender, school-stage), victimisation (duration, frequency), appraisal (threat, challenge, control) and negative emotion have upon support seeking by child and adolescent victims of peer-aggression and bullying. To also examine how effective pupils perceive social support to be.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-390
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004


  • help seeking
  • child
  • adolescent
  • victims
  • peer-aggression
  • bullying
  • school-stage
  • gender
  • victimisation
  • appraisal
  • emotion

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