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Taking Action Against Victimisation: Australian Middle School Students’ Experiences

  • Eleni Didaskalou (a1), Grace Skrzypiec (a1), Eleni Andreou (a2) and Phillip Slee (a1)

Victimisation among students has been identified as a serious problem in Australian schools. This study investigated approaches taken by South Australian middle school students for dealing with victimisation. Over 170 students (aged 11–16) described how they coped with bullying and situations where they needed to take action against bullying. A content analysis of their responses found that students used coping strategies, including: (a) seeking social support, (b) standing up for peers/friends, (c) externalising, (d) nonchalance, (e) sticking up for oneself, (f) problem-solving, (g) submission, (h) reducing tense emotions/assertiveness, and (i) escape. One of the significant findings was that students did not identify school counsellors as a source of coping support, which has implications for their role in addressing incidents of victimisation.

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address for correspondence: Eleni Didaskalou, Department of Special Education, University of Thessaly, Argonafton & Filellinon, 38221, Volos, Greece. Email:
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