Bullying in Schools: How Successful Can Interventions Be?

Bullying in Schools: How Successful Can Interventions Be?

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Edited by Peter K. Smith, Edited by Debra J. Pepler, Edited by Ken Rigby

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 356 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 28mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 22 November 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521528038
  • ISBN 13: 9780521528030
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 34 tables
  • Sales rank: 838,403

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Bullying in Schools: How Successful Can Interventions Be? is a comparative account of the major intervention projects against school bullying that have been carried out by educationalists and researchers since the 1980s, across Europe, North America and Australasia. Bullying in schools has become an international focus for concern. It can adversely affect pupils and in extreme cases lead to suicide. Schools can take action to reduce bullying and several programs are available but do they work? In fact, success rates have been very varied. This book surveys thirteen studies and eleven countries. Working on the principle that we can learn from both successes and failures, it examines the processes as well as the outcomes, and critically assesses the likely reasons for success or failure. With contributions from leading researchers in the field, Bullying in Schools is an important addition to the debate on tackling school bullying.

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Author information

Peter K. Smith is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is the editor of Violence in Schools: The Response in Europe (2003) and co-editor of several other books on bullying in schools including The Nature of School Bullying: A Cross-National Perspective (1999). Debra Pepler is Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto, Canada and Senior Research Associate at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is co-editor of The Development and Treatment of Childhood Aggression and the recent volume, The Development and Treatment of Girlhood Aggression. Ken Rigby is Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the School of Education, University of South Australia. He is the author of Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It (1997), Stop the Bullying: a Handbook for Schools (2001) and New Perspectives on Bullying (2002).

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'This book is an important ... addition to the literature on bullying in schools. It has been edited by three experts of world standing each of whom is personally at the cutting edge of the research in this field. ... the first comparative account of the major intervention projects against school violence and bullying carried out by researchers across Europe, North America and Australasia over the last 25 years. ... a unique insight into the variety of approaches adopted. ... Whilst it will be of interest to all who are involved in education, this book will be particularly useful for head teachers and for policy-makers involved in considering new approaches and strategies. It will make significant contribution to the current debate on what is 'best practice' in reducing and preventing bullying in schools.' Children & Society

Table of contents

List of figures; List of tables; Notes on contributors; Preface; 1. Working to prevent school bullying: key issues Ken Rigby, Peter K. Smith and Debra Pepler; 2. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme: design and implementation issues and a new national initiative in Norway Dan Olweus; 3. Is the direct approach to reducing bullying always the best? David Galloway and Erling Roland; 4. Implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention programme in the South-eastern United States Susan P. Limber, Maury Nation, Allison J. Tracy, Gary B. Melton and Vicki Flerx; 5. Prevention of bullying in German schools: an evaluation of an anti-bullying approach Reiner Hanewinkel; 6. England: the Sheffield project Peter K. Smith, Sonia Sharp, Mike Eslea and David Thompson; 7. Making a difference in bullying: evaluation of a systemic school-based programme in Canada Debra J. Pepler, Wendy M. Craig, Paul O'Connell, Rona Atlas and Alice Charach; 8. Interventions against bullying in Flemish schools: programme development and evaluation Veerle Stevens, Paulette van Oost and Ilse de Bourdeaudhuij; 9. SAVE model: an anti-bullying intervention in Spain Rosario Ortega, Rosario Del Rey and Joaquin A. Mora-Merchan; 10. Australia: the Friendly Schools project Donna Cross, Margaret Hall, Greg Hamilton, Yolanda Pintabona and Erin Erceg; 11. The Expect Respect project: preventing bullying and sexual harassment in US elementary schools Barri Rosenbluth, Daniel J. Whitaker, Ellen Sanchez and Linda Anne Valle; 12. A follow-up survey of anti-bullying interventions in the comprehensive schools of Kempele in 1990-98 Maila Koivisto; 13. Targeting the group as a whole: the Finnish anti-bullying intervention Christina Salmivalli, Ari Kaukiainen, Marinus Voeten and Mirva Sinisammal; 14. Ireland: the Donegal Primary Schools' anti-bullying project Astrid Mona O'Moore and Stephen James Minton; 15. Bernese programme against victimisation in kindergarten and elementary school Francoise D. Alsaker; 16. Looking back and looking forward: implications for making interventions work effectively Debra Pepler, Peter K. Smith and Ken Rigby; Author index; Subject index.