Opinions of school counselors about bullying in Turkish high schools

Huseyin Uzunboylu1, Basak Baglama2, Nadide Ozer3, Tugba Kucuktamer4, Marina Valeryevna Kuimova5
1Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Near East University, Cyprus
2Department of Special Education, University of Kyrenia, Turkey
3Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance, Near East University, Cyprus
4Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, Near East University, Cyprus
5Department of Foreign Languages for Specialists in Physics and Technology, National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russian Federation
Cite this article:  Uzunboylu, H., Baglama, B., Ozer, N., Kucuktamer, T., & Kuimova, M. V. (2017). Opinions of school counselors about bullying in Turkish high schools. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 45(6), 1043-1056.

Volume 45 Issue 6 | e6632 | Published: July 2017 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.6632

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The aim of the study was to determine the opinions about school bullying of 25 school counselors working in 6 high schools in Osmaniye, Turkey. Using a qualitative method, we collected data through semistructured interviews. We used a content analysis method to perform an interpretive exploration of the counselors’ opinions on reasons for, and types of, bullying, precautions taken, and their recommendations for preventing bullying behaviors. Results showed that the school counselors encountered three main types of bullying; verbal insults, hitting others, and provoking others. We also found that the counselors needed to take precautions against bullying, to take steps to prevent it, and to develop intervention strategies for dealing with bullying behaviors. Implications are discussed, including practices to improve policies and to reduce and prevent bullying at high schools, and recommendations are made for further research.

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