Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization

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Research evidence on bully-victim problems has accumulated rapidly in recent years. From this, there is little doubt that prolonged involvement in bullying, as a perpetrator, victim, or, not uncommonly, as both a perpetrator and target of bullying, conveys risk for many aspects of development. As in many emerging areas of psychological science, diverse research efforts evolved more or less independently, producing a very large and rich body of knowledge, but making it difficult to gain a comprehensive, integrated view of the overall evidence base. Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization looks across the sometimes disparate perspectives from school, clinical, and developmental researchers and professionals with an eye towards describing and integrating current knowledge into a guide for evidence-based practices and further research. The authors offer new directions for understanding this complex problem and for enhancing intervention approaches. This edited book is comprised of three sections: Theoretical Perspectives, Assessment and Intervention, and Recommendations for Policy, Practice, and Research. It is of interest to a number of professions and disciplines including clinical, developmental, counseling, and school psychologists, social workers, school administrators and educators, and public officials involved in setting policies.

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"The reader will come away from this book with a more complete appreciation of the complexity and importance of bullying-victimization in our society and especially in our schools...Of tremendous value in this book, however, is a clear blueprint for implementing the emerging technology of bully-victim prevention...There is much yet to do, and Vernberg and Biggs provide clear guidance on how we can move forward." —Journal of Child and Family Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195335873
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/25/2010
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric M. Vernberg is Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, The University of Kansas

Bridget K. Biggs is Assistant Professor of Psychology, Mayo Clinic

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Table of Contents

Contributors xi

Part I Perspectives on Bullying 1

1 Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization: An Evidence-Based Approach Eric M. Vernberg Bridget K. Biggs 3

2 A Contextual Perspective on Intervention and Prevention Efforts for Bully-Victim Problems David Schwartz Brynn M. Kelly Mylien T. Duong Daryaneh Badaly 17

3 A Child-by-Environment Framework for Planning Interventions with Children Involved in Bullying Becky Kochenderfer-Ladd Gary W. Ladd 45

4 Family-Level Perspective on Bullies and Victims Mary Elizabeth Curtner-Smith Peter K. Smith Malvin Porter 75

5 Psychopathology and Health Problems Affecting Involvement in Bullying Allison G. Dempsey Eric A. Storch 107

Part II Assessment and Intervention 133

6 Methods for Assessing and Treating Bully-Victim Problems for Individual Children and Adolescents Amie E. Grills-Taquechel Rosanna Polifroni Heather T. Pane 135

7 Methods for Assessing Bullying and Victimization in Schools and Other Settings: Some Empirical Comparisons and Recommendations Cary J. Roseth Anthony D. Pellegrini 161

8 Selected Group Interventions for Children Who Exhibit Significant Involvement in Bullying Kelly S. Flanagan Kendra B. Battaglia 187

9 What Works in Bullying Prevention? Wendy M. Craig Debra J. Pepler Ashley Murphy Heather McCuaig-Edge 215

Part III Strategies for Implementing Best Practices 243

10 Empowering Schools to Prevent Bullying: A Holistic Approach Anneliese A. Singh Pamela Orpinas Arthur M. Horne 245

11 Incorporating Bully-Victim Interventions into Clinic-Based Mental-Health Service Fred Frankel 267

12 Creating and Administering Successful Policy Strategies for School Anti-Bullying Programs Stuart W. Twemlow Frank C. Sacco 297

13 Implementing Bullying Prevention in Diverse Settings: Geographic, Economic, and Cultural Influences Nancy G. Guerra Kirk R. Williams 319

14 Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization: Best Practices and Future Directions Bridget K. Biggs Eric M. Vernberg 337

Appendices 357

Index 399

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