Effects of Bullying Essay
A child being bullied is a very stressful ordeal for children. There are many different forms of bullying, it isn’t all physical violence it is also verbal or social abuse. Bulling can consist of threatening, persistent teasing, name calling, ignoring, gossiping and spreading vicious rumors. These occur when a bully completely breaks down a child’s image and personality. The three main psychological effects of bullying are depression, self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts.
A child subjected to bullying is more likely to be diagnosed with a depressive disorder than a child not being bullied. A child feeling depressed can involve emotional symptoms: such as fear, sadness, irritability, …show more content…
In this essay I wish to examine the issue of bullying in schools, particularly focusing upon how it develops and the important aspects a counsellor needs to consider. Schools in New Zealand are legally responsible to reduce bullying because the Ministry of Education NZ states, “all schools must provide a safe physical and emotional environment” (http://www.nobully.org.nz/guidelines.htm). Bullying is a problem in our schools and it creates an unsafe environment for all who attend school. This essay will first show what the problem is and the enormity of this problem. Secondly, it will talk about the three parties involved – the bully, the victim and the bystander and it will explore some issues of concern for these three parties. Thirdly, this essay will look at some of the ‘core-beliefs’ that help create a bully and a victim. Fourthly, it will explore the issues that are important for the counsellor when working with this issue, these will include; using C.B.T. with bullies and victims, the influence of school culture and policy and the need to include whanau and teachers. The essay will finish with a conclusion summarising all of the points covered.
Firstly, bullying is a major problem in New Zealand. According to research done by Maxwell and Cattoll-Lind (1997) “at least half and perhaps as many as three quarters of children are bullied. Ten percent are bullied weekly.”