Journal article

Content analysis of school anti-bullying policies: a comparison between New Zealand and Victoria, Australia.

Louise Marsh, Rob McGee, Sheryl A Hemphill, Sheila Williams

Health Promot J Austr | Published : 2011

Abstract

ISSUE ADDRESSED: To undertake a detailed analysis of the content of anti-bullying policies in schools in New Zealand (NZ) and Victoria, Australia. METHODS: The content of anti-bullying policies from 253 NZ schools and 93 Victorian schools were analysed in terms of definitions of bullying behaviour; reporting, recording and responding to bullying incidents; communicating and evaluating the policy; and outlining strategies for preventing bullying. RESULTS: There was a wide range in 'policy scores' between schools, and Victorian schools scored higher on nearly every area compared with NZ schools. In both regions, definitions rarely included bullying on the grounds of homophobia, religion or dis..

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