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ERIC Number: EJ940718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Multicomponent Programs for Reducing Peer Victimization in Early Elementary School: A Longitudinal Evaluation of the WITS Primary Program
Leadbeater, Bonnie; Sukhawathanakul, Paweena
Journal of Community Psychology, v39 n5 p606-620 Jul 2011
Past research demonstrates the promise of multicomponent programs in reducing peer victimization and bullying in older elementary and middle school children, however little research focuses on young children. The current study examines the effectiveness of the WITS Primary program on trajectories of victimization and social responsibility in children in Grades 1 to 3 (n=830). A quasi-experimental design is used to compare schools with well-established programs to nonprogram control schools, using three waves of data collected over 18 months. Children in the WITS program (n=422) showed more rapid declines in peer victimization over time compared with children in control schools (n=418). In addition, teachers of children in program schools reported higher average levels of social responsibility at each time point, compared with control schools. This study adds to support for the multicomponent program in reducing peer victimization among young children. Teachers' important roles in monitoring program implementation are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3
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Language: English
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