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Creating a peaceful school learning environment: the impact of an antibullying program on educational attainment in elementary schools

Fonagy, P; Twemlow, SW; Vernberg, E; Sacco, FC; Little, TD; (2005) Creating a peaceful school learning environment: the impact of an antibullying program on educational attainment in elementary schools. Medical Science Monitor , 11 (7) , Article 16980. Green open access

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Abstract

The impact of a bullying and violence prevention program on education attainment was studied in five elementary schools (K-5), over a 5-year period.A multiple baseline design was used and academic attainment test scores of 1,106 students were monitored before and after the introduction of the program across the school district. This sample was contrasted with an equivalent control sample of 1, 100 students from the school district who attended schools that did not join the program.Program participation was associated with pronounced improvements in the students' achievement test scores. Notable reductions in the scores of those students who left schools with active programs were also observed.This simple, low-cost anti-violence intervention, involves all those who work in schools, not just students. It appears to significantly benefit educational performance of children in the participating elementary schools. The program focuses attention on the interaction between the bully, victim and audience of bystanders who are seen as pivotal in either promoting or ameliorating violence.Buy in to the philosophy by teachers & administration is high, because the format allows each school to create materials with its own personal stamp, and since there is no classroom curriculum add on, the burden to teachers is vastly reduced. Psychiatrists who work with schools could easily assist a school to put the program in place as part of their consultation work.

Type: Article
Title: Creating a peaceful school learning environment: the impact of an antibullying program on educational attainment in elementary schools
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
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Keywords: bullying, educational attainment, schools and violence prevention, VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMS, EARLY ADOLESCENCE, YOUTH VIOLENCE, FOLLOW-UP, CHILDREN, PEER, INTERVENTION, RESILIENCE, DISORDER, BEHAVIOR
UCL classification: UCL
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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/134361
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