Prof. Peter Smith

Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Association of Psychological Sciences, and the Academy of Social Sciences.

He is the recipient of a number of awards including the 2015 William Thierry Preyer award for Excellence in Research on Human Development, and the 2018 Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) Award.

Peter is an Honorary Member of the European Antibullying Network, and of the Anti-Bullying Alliance in the UK.

He is the author of of number of books including “Understanding School Bullying: It’s Nature and Prevention Strategies”, and most recently “The Psychology of School Bullying” as part of the Routledge “Psychology of Everything” series.

In today’s episode we examine the causes and motivations for bullying, whether the stereotypical image of the bully as cowardly brute and the victim as lonely misfit hold any truth, the long term effects of bullying on both the victim and the perpetrator, the uncomfortable conclusions of some studies which claim that bullying can be beneficial, and what needs to be done to prevent and deal with bullying in schools.

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Related Links

Ditch the Label – International anti-bullying charity

Annual Bullying Survey 2018 – Ditch the Label

Anti-Bullying Alliance – United against bullying

Childline – A counselling service for children and young people in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC (Tel: 0800 1111)

Youthworks – Developing Anti-Bullying Guidance and an online Toolkit for the government of Wales

Fatherlessness, Poverty and Crime – United Families International

How an Absent Father Affects Boys and Girls Differently – Freakonomics

What does the scholarly research say about the well-being of children with gay or lesbian parents? – Cornell University

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