Interventions to reduce school bullying

Smith, Peter K.; Ananiadou, Katerina and Cowie, Helen. 2003. Interventions to reduce school bullying. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 48(9), pp. 591-599. ISSN 07067437 [Article]

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In the last 2 decades, school bullying has become a topic of public concern and research around the world. This has led to action to reduce the problem. We review interventions targeted at the school level (for example, whole school policy, classroom climate, peer support, school tribunal, and playground improvement), at the class level (for example, curriculum work), and at the individual level (for example, working with specific pupils). Effectiveness of interventions has been sporadically assessed. We review several systematically evaluated, large-scale, school-based intervention programs. Their effectiveness has varied, and we consider reasons for this. We suggest ways to improve the evaluation and comparability of studies, as well as the effectiveness of future interventions.

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bully, victim, school, intervention

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1 October 2003Published

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10 Dec 2008 10:36

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25 Mar 2019 12:51

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