Bullying Is A Universal Epidemic

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INTRODUCTION

Bullying is a universal epidemic that is affecting an extraordinary number of school aged adolescence children in countries of the United States to Japan (Elsea et al., 2003). The specific number of children being bullied may be greater than what is published by sources because many children fail to report these issues due to fear of embarrassment and rejection (Unnever & Cornell, 2004). It can also have drastic effects on the bully and victim which can appear to be life long consequences. Many researchers have labeled bullying a school related issue only. Bullying just recently began to gain attention from a system-wide of researchers in the 1980’s (Olewus, 1993). Some individuals are unaware that bullying is also a family issue, because a family environment plays a significant role for children; by impacting the way children view the world.
Bullying is a behavior often associated with family environment, it seems logical that prevention and intervention of this issue could be successfully addressed by family therapy. The following purpose of this literature review is to examine the existing literature regarding bullying and its systemic origins through the view of social and attachment theories and describe the various characteristics between bullies and victims. Also review the success of family therapy as a treatment model for this issue.

DEFINTION OF BULLYING
One of the first researchers to study bullying was Dan Olweus.…

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