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CDA study: More than 50 per cent of Jamaican children have experienced bullying

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 1:36 PM
The report found that 24 per cent of children reported that as a result of the bullying they were fearful of going to school or other spaces where the abuse occurred.

A study conducted by the Child Development Agency (CDA) has found that six out of 10 or just about 65 per cent of Jamaican children have experienced bullying.

The CDA says that number rose to 70 per cent among students during the 2013-2014 school year when the study was conducted.

The findings were revealed this morning during a consultation session hosted by the CDA at the New Kingston Conference Centre.

According to the study that investigated the prevalence and impact of peer abuse, 57 per cent of children report that bullying took the form of verbal abuse, teasing and name calling.

Thirty-one per cent reported that the bullying was physical, 13 per cent say it was through exclusion while nine per cent complained that their money was taken.

The report found that 24 per cent of children reported that as a result of the bullying they were fearful of going to school or other spaces where the abuse occurred.

It found that 68 per cent of bullying cases occurred at the playground, 44 per cent were in the classrooms, 16 per cent say it occurred on the way to school while 10 per cent say it happened at the bus stop.

According to the CDA,  the study involved 1,867 students in 70 schools islandwide, children in state care as well as selected communities.

It says 49 per cent of the students surveyed were at the primary school level and 26 were at the secondary level while 57 per cent were females.