From victim to taking control: Support group for bullied schoolchildren.
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Original versionKvarme, L.G., Aabø, L.S. & Sæteren, B. (2015). From victim to taking control: Support group for bullied schoolchildren.. Journal of School Nursing. doi: 10.1177/1059840515590608 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1059840515590608
School bullying is a serious problem affecting the victims in their daily lives at school. The aim of this study was to investigate whether support groups were able to help the victims of bullying to overcome their victim status and to explore what it means to be a member of a support group. An exploratory qualitative design, with individual and focus group interviews, was used. The sample consisted of 19 schoolchildren, aged 12–13 years, 3 of whom were victimized. Six individual interviews and three focus group interviews were conducted. Findings show that support groups contribute to the cessation of bullying and improvements remain 3 months later. The support groups experience feeling important and helping others. It is important for the school nurse and teachers to follow up with victimized children, in collaboration with their parents, to help the victim to no longer be a victim and to take c