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dc.contributor.authorBurns, Sharyn
dc.contributor.authorMaycock, Bruce
dc.contributor.authorCross, D.
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Graham
dc.identifier.citationBurns, Sharyn and Maycock, Bruce and Cross, Donna and Brown, Graham. 2008. 'Woodpushers are gay': The role of Provocation in Bullying. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. 10 (4): pp. 40-49.

This mixed-methods study found that upper primary school students who report that they bully others use the perception that they are provoked in some way to justify their bullying behaviour. While some students provided examples of subversive provocation in which the person being bullied was 'annoying', others used their own victimisation as a means to justify their bullying behaviour. Use of perceived provocation enabled students to shift the blame to the student being bullied and consequently to ease their feelings of dissonance over a potentially socially undesirable behaviour. The labelling of some students provided further justification of their behaviour for those who bullied others. Semi-structured one-to-one interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of Grade 7 students aged approximately 12 years (N = 51) who reported on a self-report questionnaire that they had bullied others, either regularly or occasionally, as part of a three-year randomised control trial bullying prevention intervention project.

dc.publisherThe Clifford Beers Foundation
dc.subjectprimary school students
dc.subjectjustification of situation
dc.subjectsocial desirability
dc.subjectcognitive dissonance
dc.subjectsemi-structured interviews
dc.title'Woodpushers are gay': The role of Provocation in Bullying
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of Mental Health Promotion
curtin.departmentWestern Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research (Curtin Research Centre)
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