Translating research to practice in bullying prevention

Catherine P. Bradshaw

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Abstract

Bullying continues to be a concern in schools and communities across the United States and worldwide, yet there is uncertainty regarding the most effective approaches for preventing it and addressing its impacts on children and youth. This paper synthesizes findings from a series of studies and meta-analyses examining the efficacy of bullying prevention programs. This paper considers some methodological issues encountered when testing the efficacy and effectiveness of bullying prevention and intervention approaches. It also identifies several areas requiring additional research in order to increase the effectiveness of bullying prevention efforts in real-world settings. Drawing upon a public health perspective and findings from the field of prevention science, this paper aims to inform potential future directions for enhancing the adoption, high quality implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based bullying prevention programs. It is concluded that although bullying prevention programs can be effective in reducing bullying and victimization among school-aged youth, there is a great need for more work to increase the acceptability, fidelity, and sustainability of the existing programs in order to improve bullying-related outcomes for youth. The findings from this review are intended to inform both policy and public health practice related to bullying prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-332
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Efficacy research
  • Prevention
  • Prevention science
  • Public health
  • Schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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