Featured Resource: Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying

building capacity to reduce bullying

Bullies intend to harm or make their victims afraid through repeated aggression. The aggression may be physical, verbal, or social and relational (e.g., cyberbullying). The goal of the bully is to be perceived as being more powerful than the victim (whether by social status, physical stature, or other factors). This behavior happens in familiar social groups. Sometimes people think of bullying as just "a normal part of growing up" and that children should and can manage it on their own. This is not true. The effects of bullying on victims can be loneliness and feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety, missed school, and decreased academic performance.

Fortunately, there are several efforts underway intended to address the issue of bullying. For example, the Center for Disease Control in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the Health Resources Services Administration, and several researchers and practitioners have developed a uniform definition of bullying. It is hoped that this definition can be used to improve the consistency and comparability of data on bullying. Additionally, 49 states and the District of Columbia have enacted anti-bullying legislation. Further, research efforts have expanded greatly in recent years; however, much work still remains to be done, as gaps still exist in the understanding of bullying and of interventions that can prevent or reduce the effects of bullying.

Our featured resource, Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying is the summary of a workshop convened by the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council in April 2014. The report highlights current research on bullying prevention, considers what works and what does not work, and reviews lessons learned.

Some of the stated goals of the summary are:

  • To identify the conceptual models and interventions that have proven effective in decreasing bullying, 
  • Examine models that could increase protective factors and mitigate the negative effects of bullying, and 
  • Explore the appropriate roles of different groups in preventing bullying. 

To order the book or download a free PDF version click here: http://bit.ly/1CG8aQz

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: Simon, P., & Olson, S. (Eds.). (2014). Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying: Workshop Summary. National Academies Press. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1CG8aQz