Violence at School and Bullying in School Environments in Peru: Analysis of a Virtual Platform

Wendy Arhuis-Inca, Miguel Ipanaqué-Zapata, Janina Bazalar-Palacios, Nancy Quevedo-Calderón, Jorge Eduardo Gaete Olivares

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Abstract

Background: School violence and bullying are prevalent problems that affect health in general, especially through the development of emotional and behavioral problems, and can result in the deterioration of the academic performance of the student victim. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence rates of aggressive behaviors according to types of school violence and bullying, sociodemographic characteristics, and variation by department, region, and time in the period between 2014 and 2018 in Peru. Methods: The design was observational and cross-sectional based on data from the Specialized System for Reporting Cases of School Violence (Sistema Especializado en Reporte de Casos sobre Violencia Escolar—SíseVe) in Peru, which covers a population of 23,641 students at the initial, primary, and secondary levels of Basic Regular Education [Educación Básica Regular (EBR)], for the 2014–2018 period. The prevalence rates of the different types of school violence and bullying, the sociodemographic characteristics, and the variation by department, region, and time in the period between 2014 and 2018 were estimated. Results: Psychological violence/bullying occurred at higher prevalence rates (185.8 and 62.6 per 100,000 residents). Women from public institutions reported greater sexual violence, mostly by teachers (67.8%) than by other students (32.2%). The Selva region had the highest prevalence rate of sexual violence (10.1 per 100,000 residents). The departments of Tacna and Piura had the highest and lowest rates of psychological/verbal violence and bullying in 2018 (95.79 and 25.31 per 100,000 residents). Conclusion: Psychological/verbal violence and bullying is highly prevalent among students; women report being victims of sexual violence by administrative personnel of public institutions. The Selva region had the highest rate of sexual violence, and Piura and Tacna had the highest and lowest rates of violence and psychological/verbal bullying. Based on these results, it is suggested to conduct evidence-based prevention programs in Peruvian schools to reduce these social problems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number543991
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the Ministry of Education of Peru (MINEDU) for providing us with free access to the SISEVE platform database and Lic. Aurelio Valencia Bustíos for necessary assistance. JG has received support for the writing and editing of this manuscript by Millennium Science Initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, through the following grant “Millennium Nucleus to Improve the Mental Health of Adolescents and Youths, Imhay.”

Funding Information:
The present study was funded by Universidad Católica Los Ángeles de Chimbote.

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright © 2021 Arhuis-Inca, Ipanaqué-Zapata, Bazalar-Palacios, Quevedo-Calderón and Gaete.

Keywords

  • aggressor
  • bullying
  • Peru
  • school environment
  • school violence

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