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Copublished With Corwin Press This useful consultant to facing bullying in secondary colleges examines the character of the secondary university and the typology of the adolescent.

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Not only do adolescents have no control over their physical development, there is no ref­ erence pOint against which they can check their normality because of the huge variation in the onset, pace, and range of biological change. Body image is a major issue, but it is not a map they can safely read; instead, it is confusing, and has no key and no compass points. An outcome of the process of adolescence is that everyone apart from the most resilient will feel abnormal at some pOint, in relation to how they were before, how they are now, how they thought they would be, how their con­ temporaries look, the general physical trends of those dominant in the peer group, and whether they have supportive friends.

They were at greater risk of deviant peer group involvement, less able to form positive peer friendships, and had a greater chance of antisocial adult behavior. In medicine, when a doctor is dealing with one illness, then the symptoms facilitate an accurate diagnosis. When there are two illnesses occurring at the same time, then the symptoms that present may be confusing and contra­ dictory, and it can be difficult to see what is in fact going on. It is similarly very difficult for school staff to make correct diagnoses and to "treat" bully victims.

For every generation this involves going i nto unchartered waters. In the process of this passage, children leave behind their families and parents to varying extents and also the other sig­ nificant adult in their lives, their home-room teacher from primary school. The foundations and skills laid by families in preadolescence are vital for stu­ dents' survival as they forge ahead, despite the fact that they expend so much energy rej ecting parental values. Parenting styles tend to fall into one of three major types: authoritarian, per­ missive, and authoritative (Baumrind, 1 9 7 1 and 1 9 9 1 , cited in Santrock, 200 1 : I SS ) .

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