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NCJ Number: 221837 Find in a Library
Title: Effectiveness of School-Based Anti-Bullying Programs: A Meta-Analytic Review
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:32  Issue:4  Dated:December 2007  Pages:401-414
Author(s): Christopher J. Ferguson; Claudia San Miguel; John C. Kilburn, Jr.; Patricia Sanchez
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this analysis was to examine the effectiveness of school-based antibullying programs.
Abstract: It is concluded that school-based antibullying programs are not practically effective in reducing bullying or violent behaviors in the schools. Several explanations for this disappointing result are offered, although further research would be necessary to truly understand this phenomenon. The results suggest that antibullying programs produce an effect that is positive and statistically significant but practically negligible. Youth violence, including bullying and other violent behaviors has received increased political and scientific attention over the past several decades. Although violent behavior among youth and in the schools has declined over the past decade, the victimization of children by other children in school settings remains a major issue of concern. In response, a number of prevention and intervention programs have been developed to reduce the incidence of bullying and violence in schools. This meta-analysis sought to examine the effect of school-based antibullying programs. Given the expense and effort expended in implementing these programs, it would be useful for policymakers to understand the effect on bullying and even more serious violent behavior. Table, references
Main Term(s): Bullying; Program evaluation
Index Term(s): Adolescent victims; Child victims; Crime in schools; Crime prevention measures; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile program evaluation; Juvenile victims; Violence; Violence prevention
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