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Effectiveness of school-based programs to reduce bullying: a commentary

Smith, PK, Salmivalli, C and Cowie, H (2012) Effectiveness of school-based programs to reduce bullying: a commentary Journal of Experimental Criminology, 7 (4). pp. 27-56.

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Objectives: Recent decades have seen a focus on intervention programs to reduce school bullying, in light of the severe negative consequences of such behaviour. A recent meta-analysis by Ttofi and Farrington (2011) provided encouraging findings in terms of some significant reductions in bullying and victimization achieved by many programs. They also report analyses of effect sizes associated with specific program elements and design features of the interventions. While this is an important step forward, we critique some of the strong policy implications which they draw from these latter analyses. Methods: We discuss four important areas to substantiate this critique: analytical procedure, definitional issues, historical issues, and recent empirical data. As context we use two particular program elements described by Ttofi and Farrington, namely use of disciplinary measures, and work with peers, and one design feature, namely age of pupils. Results: The findings for the program elements and design feature examined, are complex and do not justify strong policy implications at this stage. Conclusions: We conclude with suggestions for future research directions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Smith, PK
Salmivalli, C
Date : 10 February 2012
DOI : 10.1007/s11292-012-9142-3
Uncontrolled Keywords : bullying, peer support, interventions, peer relationships
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:42
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 17:28

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