Journal article

The role of peer bystanders in school bullying: Positive steps toward promoting peaceful schools

J Lodge, E Frydenberg

Theory into Practice | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2005


Bullying and harassment are pervasive problems in schools, with interventions to counter bullying now regarded as a matter of high priority by educational authorities. This article considers the impact of bullying on victim and bully. It also explores the role of peers as bystanders in school bullying. Australian research is described, examining peer perceptions and responses, together with factors associated with bystander behavior. The authors' research suggests that teaching peers to cope may go some way to combating bullying in school by effecting change at the peer group level. Features of a universal coping program are given and common elements of successful antibullying interventions ..

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