Friendly schools universal bullying prevention intervention: Effectiveness with secondary school students

Donna Cross, Kevin Runions, Therese Shaw, Janice Wong, Marilyn Campbell, Natasha Pearce, Sharyn K. Burns, Leanne Lester, Amy Barnes, Ken A. Resnicow

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Abstract

Peer bullying in schools is a significant public health problem that contributes to poor health and wellbeing outcomes for those who bully or are bullied. Meta-analyses of the efficacy of secondary school bullying prevention interventions have typically found no effects or an increase in student bullying. Consequently, few secondary school studies have examined the “real-world” effectiveness of these interventions. This age-cohort study design evaluated the effectiveness of the Friendly Schools (FS) secondary school intervention, previously found to be efficacious. FS was implemented in schools under real-world conditions by an education publisher. Student survey data were collected in 12 schools. The primary outcomes were bullying victimisation and perpetration. Results showed a significant decrease in reported bullying perpetration in subsequent cohorts of both grade 8 and 9 students, and a significant reduction in bullying victimisation and cybervictimisation for grade 8 students, when the FS student curriculum was taught compared to the usual curriculum. This study demonstrates the importance of considering the effectiveness of secondary school bullying prevention interventions and real-world implementation supports for schools.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Bullying Prevention
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jan 2019

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