Why I study - Bullying in Schools

Peter K. Smith
‘BRITAIN is the bullying capital of Europe’. Newspaper headlines like this appeared in late 1989, shortly after I had started research on school bullying and reported findings on its extent. The headline was an exaggeration, but it helped bring in government funding. Now, a decade later, we know a great deal more about bullying; and since last November all schools in England and Wales are required by law to have some anti-bullying policy or framework. It is a gratifying example of research helping to bring about positive changes in society. How did I get involved in this?

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