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What works for bullying prevention programmes?

A new research brief from Child Trends synthesises findings from experimental evaluations of 17 bullying prevention programmes for children and young people. The authors based the effectiveness of a particular approach on whether or not the programme worked to improve any of five outcome categories: physical and verbal bullying, social and relational bullying, bullying victimisation, attitudes toward bullying, and being a bystander of bullying.

The authors note that the relatively small number of bullying programme evaluations limited their ability to draw generalisations and conclusions; however, they do offer several initial findings from their research, including:
For more on reducing problem behaviour, see the classroom management issue of Better: Evidence-based Education.

Source: What Works for Bullying Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions (2013), Child Trends.

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