Kids and Violence: The Invisible School Experience

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Implement prevention interventions and policies to curb the cycle of violence in our schools!

Kids and Violence: The Invisible School Experience examines overt and covert violence occurring in the school setting involving students, school personnel, and school policy, and highlights a level of violence that is often hidden, ignored, or subtly tolerated. This book provides the latest research findings on various issues of violence in our schools. It also shows what happens when the adults responsible for the well-being of our children are actually perpetrating violence, staying silent about violence, or upholding a system that supports a violent atmosphere.

Kids and Violence is unique in its holistic and systemic approach of examining types of violence that are often overlooked or endorsed by school policies. The book includes 11 chapters focusing on issues such as bullying, school personnel’s role in violence, and prevention programs. The contributors are experts in their fields and include professors, deans, and directors of university social work schools.

Kids and Violence presents the results of an exploratory study that examines self-identified bullies and addresses issues of immediate and vital importance, including:

  • bullying among students, grades 3-8, in a rural school district
  • observations by school personnel on bullying among elementary and middle school students
  • corporal punishment as a cultural norm in the United States and its impact on discipline in our schools
  • solution-focused crisis intervention with adolescents
  • bullying of children and other abuses of power by school personnel
  • adolescent dating violence in the school setting
  • and much more!
It is time to stop the harmful cycle of violence in our schools. This valuable resource serves as a call for immediate action, showing social workers and policymakers how to provide leadership in researching, developing, and delivering empirically-based prevention interventions and policies.
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What People Are Saying

Kevin Corcoran PhD
Kevin Corcoran, PhD, JD, Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University
EXCEPTIONAL. . . . BURSTING WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION on violence, youngsters, and our aggressive society. The chapters are all well written, thoughtful, informative, and best of all practical. The editors, who also author many of the chapters, have done a marvelous job, providing the field with REQUIRED READING FOR SOCIAL WORKERS in schools and every other setting serving youth in these seemingly endless times of violence.
Peter A. Newcombe PhD
Peter A. Newcombe, PhD, BEd, BA (Hons), Acting Program Director, Behavioural Studies, School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia
IMPORTANT. . . . Provides a valuable snapshot that WILL BENEFIT SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, COUNSELORS, TEACHERS, AND PERSONNEL as they come to identify, understand, and act on violence in school settings. This is a timely publication, coming as society attempts to come to terms with ever-increasing reports of all forms of school-based violence.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Catherine N. Dulmus and Karen M. Sowers)
  • Bully-Victimization Related to Gender and Grade Level: Implications for Prevention Efforts (Carolyn Hilarski, Catherine N. Dulmus, Matthew T. Theriot, and Karen M. Sowers)
  • School Personnel’s Observations of Bullying and Victimization Among Rural Elementary and Middle School Children (Ray J. Thomlison, Barbara Thomlison, Karen M. Sowers, Matthew T. Theriot, and Catherine N. Dulmus)
  • Kids—Parents—School Personnel: Few are Talking and Even Less Are Listening (James A. Blackburn, Catherine N. Dulmus, Matthew T. Theriot, and Karen M. Sowers)
  • Corporal Punishment: Another Form of School Violence (Carolyn Hilarski)
  • The Criminal Bully—Linking Criminal Peer Bullying Behavior in Schools to a Continuum of Delinquency (Matthew T. Theriot, Catherine N. Dulmus, Karen M. Sowers, and Stan L. Bowie)
  • A Solution-Focused Approach to Crisis Intervention with Adolescents (Laura M. Hopson and Johnny S. Kim)
  • Abuse of Power: When School Personnel Bully Students (Richard Edwards, Paul Smokowski, Karen M. Sowers, Catherine N. Dulmus, and Matthew T. Theriot)
  • “Hotspots” for Bullying: Exploring the Role of Environment in School Violence (Lisa Rapp-Paglicci, Catherine N. Dulmus, Karen M. Sowers, and Matthew T. Theriot)
  • Adolescent Dating Violence on School Campuses (Gretchen Ely)
  • Perceptions of Bullying and Non-Bullying Children: Results from an Exploratory Study in a U.S. Rural School (William S. Rowe, Matthew T. Theriot, Karen M. Sowers, and Catherine N. Dulmus)
  • School-Based Violence Prevention Programs: A Review of Selected Programs with Empirical Evidence (Irma Molina, Stan L. Bowie, Catherine N. Dulmus, and Karen M. Sowers)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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