School Bullying and Teachers' Attitudes



The paper discusses how teachers and other people working in education perceive school bullying, its causes and effects in terms of the educational process. The ways in which adults respond to bullying definitely play an essential role in its escalation or reduction; this is why the paper focuses on the real practices of responding as well as on the possible ones as described by the subjects. The key outcome of our study is as follows: in spite of their aware¬ness of how to deal with school bullying, the adults mostly prefer to actively observe acts of bullying rather than to take any important steps in order to stop or prevent it. The paper reflects on the possible causes of such attitudes and suggests what can be done in order to transform them and to promote the implementation of bullying prevention programs across schools.

General Information

Keywords: bullying, bullying situations, teachers' responses, teachers' attitudes

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Bochaver A.A., Zhilinskaya A.V., Khlomov K.D. School Bullying and Teachers' Attitudes . Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2015. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 103–116. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alexandra A. Bochaver, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Center for Modern Childhood Studies, Institute of Education, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alisa V. Zhilinskaya, PhD in Psychology, Psychologist, University School, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Kirill D. Khlomov, PhD in Psychology, Head of the Psychological Service, Senior Researcher, Cognitive Research Laboratory, Faculty of Psychology, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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