By Professor Dennis S. W. Wong
Discussant: Professor Unni Vere Midthassel, Professor Erling Roland
School bullying has been a growing concern globally. In the past, findings about children and adolescents’ bullying behavior are largely derived from research conducted in the West. The school bullying phenomenon in the East, particularly the Greater China region, is relatively under-explored until recent decades. Over the past fifteen years, schools in major Chinese societies including the Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have experienced increasing difficulties with bullying that has led to calls for a systematic investigation of its characteristics, causes, as well as strategies to prevent the bullying issue. In this presentation, selected empirical findings on the characteristics of bullying perpetrators, victims, and the offense circumstances in the Chinese context are described. Implications to future bullying studies will also be examined.