Bullying experiences and literacy achievement amongst primary school children

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This study investigated the association between school bullying and literacy achievements in a sample of primary school children from Johannesburg, South Africa . The children (n = 443; females = 56%, males = 44%) attending six primary schools in the Soweto area suburbs, self-reported their experience of bullying by peers . In addition, they completed tests of literacy . The results indicate that learners who self-reported being bullied performed poorly in literacy tests when compared to their peers, who were not subjected to bullying . In particular, those who experienced bullying scored lower on tasks that required literacy skills in phonics, spelling, and word choice . The findings indicate that learner support for school bullying survivors should aim to address the deleterious effects of bullying on literacy development .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-563,
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Bullying
  • Literacy achievement
  • Prevalence
  • Primary school children
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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