As a graduating undergraduate in RSS, an article I would like recommend reading is:
The research journal article is a good read for RSS students and is going to be the subject of discussion. The article is going to be summarized and critically analyzed on certain key points of interest.
Bullying is a social phenomenon that is defined as “repeated negative actions that involve a differential of power whereby the individual who is more powerful attacks or harasses the individual who is less powerful with an intention to harm or disturb” (Olweus, 1993).
The rates of youth being victimized, bullying, or functioning in both roles are different amongst nations. In the US, 22% boys and 16% of girls reported being victims or bullies. Lithuania in this case has much higher rates of bullying.
People who are victimized by bullies can suffer from a range of problems like bodily harm, depression, social anxiety, loneliness, and thoughts of suicide. People who have been bullied reported having higher rates than those who were not bullied to experience health maladies such as sleeping problems, stomach aches, and headaches.
What is more, bullying is known to ostracise under-represented populations like immigrants, the disabled, overweight, sexual minorities, and more. People who are bullied tend to be more likely to not participate in sports or recreation activities. Being subject to bullying, while simultaneously participating in sport or recreation activities can even further intensify the ostracization the victim receives. Where the phenomenon of bullying really becomes an extraordinary problem is that bullies tend to be disenfranchised people themselves who experience internal problems like anxiety, depression, academic challenge, and lack of social skills. In a sense, bullies in themselves can be subjects of wide societal bullying. It is an interesting scenario where the bully and victim end up being more similar than not based on their respective internal struggles.