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February 27, 2002

Harassment: Peer Harassment in School: The Plight of the Vulnerable and Victimized

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;287(8):1050. doi:10.1001/jama.287.8.1050

A large number of children and adolescents are known to be targets of various kinds of harassment, abuse, and violence. Peer harassment is a form of violence to which close attention has been paid only during the last two decades. Interest has been increasing among both child mental health professionals and individuals in other disciplines working with children and adolescents. A large number of research papers have appeared since the first study by Dan Olweus of Norway in the 1970s. At first, research was targeted mainly at children who harass and bully others, but recently more interest has been paid to children who are objects of this negative peer behavior. Peer Harassment in School concentrates on children who are victimized and humiliated by their peers. The contributors are acknowledged researchers in the field of peer harassment in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.