High Prevalence Of Bullying Victimization, Bell, Raczynski, And Horne

1543 Words Sep 8th, 2014 7 Pages
In response to the high prevalence of bullying victimization, Bell, Raczynski, and Horne (2010) designed a study to examine the potential of the Bully Busters program to prevent and counter bullying behavior. A central belief underlying the program is that bullying and aggression stem from a lack of social skills and can be addressed by raising awareness, disseminating knowledge, and enhancing the ability of teachers to deal with in-school occurrences. This, in turn, can lead to positive changes in the school climate. The current study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of a group-based version of Bully Busters that was abbreviated from the typical full version. The study also focused on addressing several questions including whether a teacher support group based on psycheducation affects teachers ' self-efficacy in administering bullying interventions and/or their perceptions of risk factors in regards to bullying conflicts in school or class climates. Another area of interest was whether class activities directed by teachers affect students ' views of risk factors that relate to bullying in school/class settings. Participants included teachers and students from a public middle school located in a mixed suburban and rural area in the southeastern United States. The researchers noted that teachers served as the main sample within the study and students constituted the secondary sample as their exposure was less direct than that of the teachers and essentially…

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