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Bullying in School: Importance of and Challenges Involved in Talking to the School Nurse

The Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses | 7 May 2019

LG Kvarme, N Misvær, L Valla, MC Myhre, S Holen and Å Sagatun
Abstract
Bullying has negative consequences for health and quality of life of students. This study is part of a pilot project, “School Health,” which included a web-based questionnaire completed by students before a consultation with the school nurse. The aim of this study was to explore how students experience answering questions about bullying before an individual consultation and how they talk about bullying with the school nurse. This study had qualitative design with individual and focus group interviews and involved 38 students aged 13-14 years, both boys and girls, from three schools. Data were analyzed according to Kvale’s three levels of interpretation within a phenomenological and hermeneutic perspective. The students found it difficult to report being bullied. They expressed confidence in the school nurse and liked talking with her. Some complained about the school environment and reported that having a friend was important.
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