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Creating a peaceful school learning environment: A controlled study of an elementary school intervention to reduce violence

Twemlow, SW; Fonagy, P; Sacco, FC; Gies, ML; Evans, R; Ewbank, R; (2001) Creating a peaceful school learning environment: A controlled study of an elementary school intervention to reduce violence. AM J PSYCHIAT , 158 (5) 808 - 810.

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Abstract

Objective: The impact of a manual-based antiviolence program on the learning climate in an elementary school over 4 years was compared with the outcome in a control school.Method: The two schools were matched for demographic characteristics. The intervention in the experimental school was based on zero tolerance for bullying; the control school received only regular psychiatric consultation. Disciplinary and academic achievement data were collected in both schools.Results: The experimental school showed significant reductions in discipline referrals and increases in scores on standardized academic achievement measures.Conclusions: A low-cost antiviolence intervention that does not focus on individual pathology or interfere with the educational process may improve the learning environment in elementary schools.

Type: Article
Title: Creating a peaceful school learning environment: A controlled study of an elementary school intervention to reduce violence
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11610
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