ERIC Number: ED471437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
School Based Program to Teach Children Empathy and Bully Prevention.
Rock, Elizabeth A.; Hammond, Marsha; Rasmussen, Sandra
A qualitative study examined empathy in the easily aroused child. Participants were interviewed about their experience of empathy, and cognitive process used to choose responses. Children identified emotions of victims drawing on experience as victims. Two themes were empathetic response and cognition leading to action. Participants used cognition about actions, context, strategies, and consequences. Children discussed fairness, reaction of peers, aiding victims, and stopping aggressor. Program covers identifying bullies, feelings of victims, perspective taking, problem solving, victim aide, and intervention. Students do role-playing, discuss events from school, and make posters. They develop class rules to help identify the need to include everyone, and statements that bullying is not allowed. Teachers and administrators assist in changing school climate to support students. Incidents of bullying have dropped 73% overall. (Contains 27 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (110th, Chicago, IL, August 22-25, 2002).