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Background: Bullying among young people has been acknowledged as a public health concern. Relational bullying is the systematic manipulation and damage of peer relationships; the way in which it is perceived can influence detection and interventions, in view of this, relational bullying warranted further exploration from the perspectives of young people.
Aim: To understand the experience and perception of relational bullying among young people.
Methods: A qualitative approach underpinned the undertaking of 11 face-to-face interviews with young people aged 12-18 years. Data was thematically analysed.
Findings: Seven themes emerged: The complexity of defining bullying; The role of friends; Negative impacts; Social media; Normalisation; Personal resources to aid navigation; External resources to aid navigation.
Conclusions: Factors that help and hinder the navigation of relational bullying were identified, the family playing a crucial role in mitigating the negative effects. The findings have the potential to be relevant to other forms of bullying.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Child Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2023


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