The Friendly Schools Friendly Families programme: Three-year bullying behaviour outcomes in primary school children
Donna Cross, Stacey Waters, Natasha Pearce, Thérèse Shaw, Margaret Hall, Erin Erceg, Sharyn Burns, Clare Roberts, Greg Hamilton
International Journal of Educational Research Volume 53, Number 1, ISSN 0883-0355 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This three-year group randomized controlled trial assessed whether a multi-age, multi-level bullying prevention and intervention with staff capacity building, can reduce bullying among primary school children.This study comprised two intervention and one comparison conditions. Student self-report data were collected from 2552 Grades 4 and 6 students at baseline and three posttests.The high intervention was more effective than the moderate and low interventions, with significant positive effects for ‘being bullied’ in the Grades 4 and 6 cohorts, for ‘bullying others’ in the Grade 4 cohort and ‘telling if bullied’ in the Grade 6 cohort.Comprehensive whole-school programmes that include capacity building and parental involvement appear to reduce bullying behaviour more than programmes without these components.
Cross, D., Waters, S., Pearce, N., Shaw, T., Hall, M., Erceg, E., Burns, S., Roberts, C. & Hamilton, G. (2012). The Friendly Schools Friendly Families programme: Three-year bullying behaviour outcomes in primary school children. International Journal of Educational Research, 53(1), 394-406. Elsevier Ltd.