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1st Edition

Bullying Among University Students
Cross-national perspectives

ISBN 9781138809260
Published September 16, 2015 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Bullying Amongst University Students is a pioneering collection of knowledge and evidence exploring the under-researched phenomenon of bullying in universities. Abusive behaviour amongst young people is a serious and pervasive problem that is exacerbated by the rapid advances in electronic communication, and in this book the authors highlight the problem and proceed to facilitate new practices and policies to address it.

This book brings together an international team of authors from a range of disciplines, encompassing education, psychology, criminology, law and counselling, who have carried out research in the area of university bullying. Addressing critical dialogues and debates, the authors explore peer on peer violence, intimidation and social exclusion before considering its effects on students and making recommendations for action and further research. Key topics include:

  • Cyberbullying and cyber aggression
  • Rape culture across the university
  • Homophobic and transphobic bullying
  • The impact of bullying on mental health
  • The role of bully and victim across the lifespan
  • Policies and procedures to address bullying

International in authorship and scope, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers in fields such as education, psychology, sociology, health studies and criminology. It is also essential reading for university policy-makers and union representatives responsible for the emotional and physical well-being of students.

Table of Contents


1 What we know to date about bullying and cyberbullying among university students

Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers


2 The student voice

Toni Pearce

3 The postgraduate student experience

Rashid Aziz


4 Do the roles of bully and victim remain stable from school to university? Theoretical considerations

Maili Pörhölä

5 Homophobic and transphobic bullying in universities

Ian Rivers

6 Stalking and violence among university students

Katja Björklund

7 The relationship between mental health and bullying

Osman Tolga Arıcak


8 Cyberaggression among members of college fraternities and sororities in the United States

Jessica Simmons, Sheri Bauman, and Johanne Ives

9 Bullying at Greek universities: an empirical study

Theodoros Giovazolias and Maria Malikiosi-Loizos

10 Cross-cultural comparisons of bullying among university students: perspectives from Argentina, Estonia, Finland and United States

Maili Pörhölä, Kristen Cvancara, Esta Kaal, Kaja Tampere and Beatriz Torres


11 The role of the therapist in helping university students who have been bullied

Maria Luca

12 Policies and procedures to address bullying at Australian universities

Marilyn Campbell

13 Cyberbullying and rape culture in universities: defining the legal lines between fun and intentional harm

Shaheen Shariff and Ashley DeMartini,


14 Commentary: Bullying among university students: awakening and harnessing the sleeping dragon of student power

Keith Sullivan

15 Commentary: what universities can learn from workplace bullying research

Iain Coyne

16 Epilogue: what can be done?

Helen Cowie and Carrie-Anne Myers

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Helen Cowie is Emerita Professor at the University of Surrey in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences where she specializes in strategies to counteract school bullying. She is also visiting professor at Brunel University and visiting researcher at Regent’s University London. She has over 100 publications in refereed journals on the subject of mental health in youth, emotional development, cyberbullying and peer support.

Carrie-Anne Myers is a lecturer in Criminology at City University London where she researches and teaches in a number of key areas including Childhood, Youth and Adolescence, School Violence and Bullying, Victims, Victimology and Criminal Justice Policy, Gender and Feminist Criminology, and Media and Youth Cultures of Consumption.