Implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, school-wide bullying prevention program in an urban/suburban middle school.

One year following the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), teacher capacity to identify, mange, and report bullying incidents improved.

This study evaluated the impact the OBPP on the frequency of bullying behaviors, school climate, and student’s perceived sense of safety at an urban/suburban, Catholic 7th and 8th grade middle school. Following the intervention, students reported a 34.4% decrease in reports of being excluded and a 31.1% decrease in reports of being bullied. Teachers reported a 48.8% increase in having observed bullying more frequently and 46.5% increase in talking with students who bullied others. Seventh grade females responded more positively following the intervention than other grade or gender cohorts. Application: The OBPP may be used by prevention educators to increase teacher’s and school administrator’s ability to evaluate and respond to bullying more effectively. Limitations: Findings of the study may not be generalizable to all school middle populations.

Bowllan, N. M.
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Journal of School Health
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