Society of African Journal Editors

Journal of Education in Developing Areas

PREVALENCE, CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF BULLYING BEHAVIOUR AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNSELLING

Authors: Love Nwamadi

Journal: Journal of Education in Developing Areas

Bullying among school children is certainly a very old phenomenon, with significant number of students being targets of the bullying. It occurs when a person or group of persons repeatedly say or do hurtful things to another person who is unable to defend himself or herself. Bullying among secondary school students can have damaging consequences to the students involved, their peers, parents and disrupt school activities if not checked. Wherein, this paper looked at the prevalence, causes, forms, and consequences of bullying behavior among secondary school students. It considered bullying among secondary school students as a major problem which is on the increase, with far dire consequences. The paper also offered some counselling implications as intervention strategies to bullying behaviour among secondary school students. One of such implications is that counselling for students with bullying behaviour should be encouraged in schools with the aim of improving students’ behaviours, social skills and interpersonal relationships.