Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: In their study of bullying,
Dr Nansel and colleagues1 cite the work
of Olweus2 to highlight individual pathology
and suffering in bullies and those bullied. While Olweus indeed addresses
such issues in his work, the primary characteristic of his model of bullying
and his recommended interventions is an emphasis on systemic factors, especially
the role of adult and institutional inaction in enabling bullying. In contrast
to this systemic approach, there are 2 major problems with emphasizing the
individual pathology of bullies and their targets.
Green S. Systemic vs Individualistic Approaches to Bullying. JAMA. 2001;286(7):787-788. doi:10.1001/jama.286.7.787