Exploring Thoughts of Victims of School Bullying Through Drawings


  • Rekha Negi




Drawing ? Coping ? School bullying ? Qualitative method


This study explored the underlying thoughts of victims of school bullying through analysis of their drawings.

Eighty senior secondary students (studying in classes 9 to 11) identified as victims based on the Illinois

Victimization Scale participated in the study. Participants drew their victimization experiences and provided

elaborations of their drawings. Analysis of participants’ responses involved the framework method. Results

showed that thoughts of bullied participants were related to the (1) outcomes of being victimized (2) dealing

with the bullies, and (3) the reason for bullying. The participants evinced various thoughts related to direct or

indirect coping, victim-related reasons, and bully related reasons as gauged by their drawings. The findings

of this study were interpreted in the light of developmental-ecological framework and research. The article

indicates implications for future research and professionals to help the victims of school bullying.

Author Biography

Rekha Negi

Shyama Prasad Mukherji College for Women, University of Delhi




How to Cite

Rekha Negi. (2020). Exploring Thoughts of Victims of School Bullying Through Drawings. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 586–595. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10432