Perspectives of Individuals who Experienced Bullying during Childhood

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The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol: 4, Issue: 4

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Byjos, Olivia; Dusing, Jackie; Zartman, Callyn; Cahill, Susan M
WMU Department of Occupational Therapy; Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Health and Human Services, Western Michigan University
bullying; occupational therapy; Medicine and Health Sciences; Occupational Therapy
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Background: The objective of the qualitative study was to describe the perspectives of adults who experienced bullying at school during childhood or adolescence.Method: Data was collected through semi-structured interviews (n = 8) and analyzed using the constant comparative method.Results: Three major themes emerged: (a) the school should have done something, (b) it still affects me, and (c) there needs to be prevention.Conclusion: Based on their unique expertise, occupational therapy practitioners may be able to collaborate with interprofessional teams to address the needs of individuals who bully and those who are being bullied at school.