ERIC Number: EJ856862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Feasibility of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in Low-Income Schools
Hong, Jun S.
Journal of School Violence, v8 n1 p81-97 2009
This article examines school response to bullying and youth aggression in upper/middle-class and low socioeconomic neighborhoods, and the feasibility of successfully implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in schools located in impoverished communities. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is one of the few programs that has proven efficacy in upper/middle-class areas for reducing the incidence of bullying and improving attitudes towards school and academic achievement, but the effectiveness of the program has not been tested in low-income schools. However, research indicates that in both upper/middle-class and low socioeconomic neighborhoods, children are reluctant to seek assistance, and school teachers are not well-informed of effective bullying prevention measures. Researchers have pointed out that although children of low socioeconomic status (particularly minorities) have higher incidence of behavioral problems than their upper/middle-class counterparts, socioeconomic and cultural differences pose a major challenge to implementing effective anti-bullying interventions in schools that are located in impoverished communities. Suggestions for enhancing the applicability of anti-bullying programs to low-income schools are included.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Bullying, Income, Incidence, Prevention, Cultural Differences, Peer Relationship, Aggression, School Culture, Program Effectiveness, Poverty, Disadvantaged Schools, Social Class, Middle Class, Social Influences, Minority Groups, Behavior Problems, Intervention, Parent Participation, Role Models
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