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Bullying: Evidence from LSYPE2, wave 3

Research brief

This research brief examines the prevalence and nature of bullying. It is based on data from the second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE2).

In 2015, LSYPE2 interviewed 10,010 young people in year 11. This was an important year for these young people, with the vast majority sitting their GCSEs. Here, their responses to questions about bullying are compared with the answers they gave the previous year when they were in year 10. Their responses are also compared with those of an earlier cohort of young people who were in year 11 in 2006 (those interviewed as part of LSYPE1).

This report is largely based on bivariate analyses describing the level of reported bullying when looking at different groups. This does not show whether belonging to a group is one of the main causes of higher or lower levels of bullying - this would require multi-variate analysis, an approach that may be undertaken in the future.