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Overview

Bullying: A Handbook for Educators and Parents offers a comprehensive exploration of the bullying within public schools, drawing upon research conducted in the United States, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and Canada. It offers insights into the immediate and long-term impact bullying can have upon the lives of students, their families, and teachers. It offers parents useful tips for working proactively with school administrators to resolve bullying issues, and it provides teachers with materials that facilitate a better understanding of the social dynamics of the classroom, hallways, and playground. In addition, the handbook offers administrators a quick, no-nonsense guide to recent state and federal statutes, directives, and legislation relating to bullying and antisocial behavior in grades K-12. The book is divided into four sections providing a review of research on bullying behavior and an understanding of the dynamics of the classroom through the media of sexual bullying, homophobic bullying, and the challenges faced by parents of students who have special needs. Guidance is offered on the immediate and long-term effects of bullying and ways in which parents can engage proactively with schools to ensure that their child is supported in finding a way out. Finally, the authors ask key questions that parents and educators should consider when working to stop bullying in schools.
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Editorial Reviews

Adolescence Magazine
O]ffers a comprehensive exploration of the bullying within public schools, drawing upon research conducted in the United States, United Kingdon, Scandinavia, and Canada. It offers insights into the immediate and long-term impact bullying can have upon the lives of students, their families, and teachers. It offers parents useful tips for working proactively with school administrators to resolve bullying issues, and it provides teachers with materials that facilitate a better understanding.
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Drawing on research conducted in the US, the UK, Scandinavia, and Canada, Rivers (psychology, Queen Margaret University, Scotland) offers insight into the immediate and long-term impact that bullying can have on the lives of students, their families, and teachers. He gives parents tips for working proactively with school administrators to resolve bullying issues, and provides teachers with materials that facilitate a better understanding of the social dynamics of the classroom, hallways, and playground. Administrators will find a quick guide to recent state and federal statutes, directives, and legislation related to bullying and antisocial behavior in grades K-12. Sexual bullying, homophobic bullying, and special needs and bullying are some areas discussed.
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[P]rovides an exploration of the bullying within public schools. It offers insights into the immediate and long-term impact bullying can have on the lives of students, their families, and their teachers. It presents parents with useful tips for working proactively with school administrators to resolve bullying issues, and provides teachers with materials that facilitate a better understanding of the social dynamics of the classroom, hallways, and playground. The handbook also offers administrators a quick, no-nonsense guide to recent state and federal statutes, directives, and legislation relating to bullying and antisocial behavior in grades K-12.
PsycCRITIQUES
Unlike many other resources....it draws from developmental psychology to explain why some individuals engage in bullying behavior. Most delightfully, the authors also sensitize school staff to various systems-level factors inherent in school environments that may create a culture of bullying. It is this ecological approach that truly sets Rivers, Duncan, and Besag's book apart from other volumes and makes it especially useful . . . . Bullying: A Handbook for Educators and Parents should be on the bookshelf of every school mental health worker and administrator to help design and maintain safe and healthy schools. The book is an excellent resource for psychologists, school counselors, school administrators, and parents who are asking what bullying looks like and what can be done to address it, both at an individual and at a systems level.
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"Unlike many other resources....it draws from developmental psychology to explain why some individuals engage in bullying behavior. Most delightfully, the authors also sensitize school staff to various systems-level factors inherent in school environments that may create a culture of bullying. It is this ecological approach that truly sets Rivers, Duncan, and Besag's book apart from other volumes and makes it especially useful....Bullying: A Handbook for Educators and Parents should be on the bookshelf of every school mental health worker and administrator to help design and maintain safe and healthy schools. The book is an excellent resource for psychologists, school counselors, school administrators, and parents who are asking what bullying looks like and what can be done to address it, both at an individual and at a systems level."

PsycCRITIQUES

VOYA
This handbook provides a wealth of information, but some crucial data is missing. The authors, all British, cite research from the United Kingdom, the United States, and several countries around the world including Australia, Norway, Sweden, and Japan. In fact, the references at the end of each chapter are as illuminating as the chapters themselves. "Homophobic Bullying" clearly defines the topic, provides school activities, and offers advice for teachers, parents, school districts, and boards of education. The chapter references, which alone are nearly worth the price of the book, include twelve online resources. "Special Needs and Bullying" is also helpful. "Understanding Bullies and Victims" gives a very thorough explanation for boys, spanning more than seven pages. But when discussing girl bullying, only two pages make clear that little is known about it because it is so subtle. American teachers will testify that girl bullying is a far greater problem than boy bullying, beginning as early as third grade with symptoms starting in kindergarten. Most disappointing is the lack of information on the witnesses and bystanders that make up approximately 75 to 80 percent of the student population and most of the staff. Although the authors often reference Dan Olweus, they omit his six witness profiles as described in his bullying prevention program. To change the school environment, everyone must be proactively involved and not just "trained." Cyberbullying, the fastest growing form of bullying in the United States that is creating new levels of cruelty, is barely addressed, nor are there any online resources given. Sadly the major omissions detract from the otherwise well-developed partsof this book. Reviewer: C. J. Bott
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578867998
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Rivers is professor and head of psychology at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the author of over 70 articles and book chapters on bullying and homophobia in schools. He is the recipient of the British Psychological Society's 2001 award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity in the United Kingdom through his work as a researcher and psychologist. Neil Duncan is senior lecturer in education at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. He is the author of Sexual Bullying (1999), considered by practitioners and academics alike to be one of the most significant texts on the nature and expression of verbal bullying among boys and girls. Valerie E. Besag is an educational psychologist and former teacher who is an international expert on school bullying prevention. She is the author of Bullies and Victims in Schools and Understanding Girls' Friendships, Fights, and Feuds. Besag has been the recipient of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship, which allowed her to travel overseas to further understand and explore the phenomenon of bullying and peer support in schools.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 General Introduction Chapter 2 Introduction: Bullying, What Is It? Chapter 3 Understanding Bullies and Victims Chapter 4 Institutional Factors in Bullying Part 5 Advice for Educators Chapter 6 Gender, Sexuality and Bullying in Schools Chapter 7 Homophobic Bullying Chapter 8 Special Needs and Bullying Chapter 9 Challenging Bullying Behavior in Schools: Current Approaches Part 10 Advice for Parents Chapter 11 Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Bullying Chapter 12 Working with Schools: A Guide for Parents Part 13 The Way Ahead Chapter 14 Beyond Childish Antics
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