Current Research and Best Practices Guidelines for Combating Bullying and Protecting Victims

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The effects of bullying can be severe and lasting. Victims may experience loneliness, feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, loss of self-esteem, missed school, and decreased academic performance. At the extreme, bullying can lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior. Bullying also has a negative impact on perpetrators, families, schools, and society.

Fortunately, there are several efforts underway intended to address the issue of bullying. Our featured resource Bullying, Teen Aggression, and Social Media (BTASM) is devoted exclusively to understanding bullying, its causes, impacts, and complex dynamics, and to examining the most effective ways to stop it and prevent it. BTASM is a report letter that is published six times per year. It features articles written by a broad range of experts in the field.

The BTASM examines important issues designed to combat bullying:

  • Recent developments in our understanding of bullying and aggression, 
  • The emergence and dynamics of cyberbullying and other technologies used abusively by teens, 
  • Provides practical program approaches schools can implement on their own grounds, and 
  • Offers information with no advocacy position except "what works." 

To learn more about BTASM and access the latest edition visit

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness has reviewed several programs related to bullying prevention that may be used to help military families. One such program, Say It Straight, has been placed as Promising on the Clearinghouse Continuum of Programs. For additional information or help in finding similar programs contact our Technical Assistance Team for help.

Resource: Civic Research Institute. (2015). Bullying, teen aggression, and social media. [Webpage] Retrieved from