ERIC Number: EJ1022298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
The Critical Role of School Climate in Effective Bullying Prevention
Wang, Cixin; Berry, Brandi; Swearer, Susan M.
Theory Into Practice, v52 n4 p296-302 2013
Research has shown a negative association between positive school climate and bullying behavior. This article reviews research on school climate and bullying behavior and proposes that an unhealthy and unsupportive school climate (e.g., negative relationship between teachers and students, positive attitudes towards bullying) provides a social context that allows bullying behavior to occur. We provide information on how to evaluate the school climate and intervene to promote a more positive school climate and to reduce bullying behavior. Although there has been an increased interest among school personnel, parents, and students to reduce bullying behavior, the issue of how to assess the myriad of factors that may cause and maintain bullying behaviors, and to select evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, remains a challenge for many educators. This article seeks to address these two issues by highlighting the importance of school climate in bullying prevention and reviewing some school climate evaluations and intervention programs.
Descriptors: Bullying, Prevention, Educational Environment, Performance Factors, Behavior Problems, Intervention, Correlation, Attitude Measures, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A