Bullying

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions.

The bullied individual typically has trouble defending him or herself and does nothing to “cause” the bullying.

The White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, March 10, 2011

APA Resolution on Bullying Among Children and Youth (PDF, 40KB)

What You Can Do

Getting Help

News

Monitor on Psychology Articles

Books

APA Offices and Programs

  • Bullying: A Module for Teachers

    It is estimated that 40-80 percent of school-age children experience bullying at some point during their school careers and 10-15 percent may be either chronic victims or bullies themselves. In light of such statistics and growing public concern, this module will help teachers gain a better understanding of bullying and what they can do to both prevent it and intervene when it occurs.

  • Violence Prevention

    This area of Public Interest is responsible for disseminating research-based knowledge and information on violence and injury prevention.

  • Bullying & Safe Schools for LGBT Students

    Resources for LGBT students, including cyberbullying and harassment recommendations, Stop Bullying Now! campaign, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and more.