ERIC Number: EJ722649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Role of Peer Bystanders in School Bullying: Positive Steps Toward Promoting Peaceful Schools
Lodge, Jodie; Frydenberg, Erica
Theory Into Practice, v44 n4 p329-336 2005
Bullying and harassment are pervasive problems in schools, with interventions to counter bullying now regarded as a matter of high priority by educational authorities. This article considers the impact of bullying on victim and bully. It also explores the role of peers as bystanders in school bullying. Australian research is described, examining peer perceptions and responses, together with factors associated with bystander behavior. The authors' research suggests that teaching peers to cope may go some way to combating bullying in school by effecting change at the peer group level. Features of a universal coping program are given and common elements of successful antibullying interventions are highlighted. It is clear that peers play a central role in school bullying and teaching young people strategies to cope may be a positive step toward promoting peaceful schools.
Descriptors: Peer Groups, Bullying, Humanistic Education, Teaching Methods, Intervention, Coping, Peace, Student Behavior, Foreign Countries, Peer Influence, Student Attitudes
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Identifiers - Location: Australia