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  1. Kathleen Stassen Berger

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0147

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Berger, K. S. 2010. Bullying. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Bronx Community College, City University of New York

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Bullying is quite distinct from normal child interaction, which may seem rough to some observers but is mutual, enjoyable, and friendly. By contrast, bullying is always repeated, intentionally harmful, and imposed on someone weaker. Taken together, these three characteristics make bullying not only unfair, but also destructive. Bullying harms the victims (who may become depressed lifelong), the bullies (who risk serious injury or prison if they do not change their behavior), and everyone else. Severe bullying was once thought to be rare, only physical, and confined to schools. Research has found each of these assumptions to be false.


  • bullying;
  • aggression;
  • harassment;
  • relational bullying;
  • victims