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ERIC Number: ED505157
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 370
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 565
No Bullies Allowed: Understanding Peer Victimization, the Impacts on Delinquency, and the Effectiveness of Prevention Programs
Wong, Jennifer S.
RAND Corporation
Over the past decade, school bullying has emerged as a prominent issue of concern for students, parents, educators, and researchers around the world. Research evidence suggests nontrivial and potentially serious negative repercussions of both bullying and victimization. This dissertation uses a large, nationally representative panel dataset and a propensity score matching technique to assess the impact of bully victimization on a range of 10 delinquency outcomes measured over a six-year period. Results show that victimization prior to the age of 12 years is significantly predictive of the development of several delinquent behaviors, including running away from home, selling drugs, vandalism, theft, other property crimes, and assault. As a whole, prevention programs are significantly effective at reducing the problem of victimization in schools but are only marginally successful at reducing bullying. More work is needed to determine why programs are more successful with victims of bullying than with perpetrators, and prevention efforts should focus on the development of programs that are more likely to bring about successful reductions in both bullying and victimization. (Five appendixes are included: (1) Index/Scale Variables Used for Matching; (2) Study and Treatment Characteristics (Study-Level); (3) Fixed Effects Model Calculations for Bullying Outcomes Meta-Analysis; (4) Q-Statistic for Bullying Outcomes Meta-Analysis; and (5) "Research Design" Subgroup Analysis for Bullying Outcomes Meta-Analysis. Contains 47 tables, 13 figures and 116 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth