Inaugural Issue of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention

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The first issue is finally out. Hooray! And it’s freely available for you to download! Issues will be coming out quarterly, and so we’re cranking them out from now on. I’ve written about the goals and intentions of the journal here, and how it fills a huge gap in the existing knowledgebase by providing our global community of scholars and practitioners a place to share (and learn) best practices in addressing bullying and cyberbullying. We are thrilled, as this “one-stop-shop” of sorts has been sorely lacking, and now educators, parents, students, mental health professionals, law enforcement, researchers, employers, policymakers, and even tech companies know where to turn for the best and most current findings on the topic.

This publication is the official journal of the International Bullying Prevention Association (which you should join if you are interested in addressing bullying in schools, communities, workplaces, or online!), and I wanted to use this space to highlight the pieces that make up this inaugural issue while also providing direct download links for our audience to easily access them. Each piece is authored by some of the brightest and most well-known bullying scholars on the planet, who my Co-Editor-in-Chief James O’Higgins-Norman and I affectionately term as “luminaries.”

Please see below, and click through to access each piece from the publisher’s (Springer) site. Also, to read our entire Inaugural Issue Editorial, please download (and share) it from here (it’s worth the read to learn what our journal is all about). Reach out if you have any questions, and consider submitting your own work to our journal for an upcoming issue!

The First Six Papers

The papers included in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention have been chosen to reflect what we see as important for the future of the journal and the global community of scholars who will sustain the scholarship contained in the journal. These papers are representative of different approaches, cultures and contexts and together they hail a new era in scholarship about bullying, cyberbullying and peer aggression.

How Does Individualism-Collectivism Relate to Bullying Victimization?

In the first paper by Prof. Peter Smith and Susanne Robinson MSc, the authors build on previous theoretical work done on the relationship between aggression and bullying to societies characterized by individualism or collectivism. Their finding regarding the role of regulatory frameworks and resources are important for policymakers in different countries.

Examining the Effectiveness of School-Bullying Intervention Programs Globally: A Meta-analysis

This second paper by Hannah Gaffney MSc, Prof. David P. Farrington and Dr. Maria M. Ttofi presents results from an extensive systematic and meta-analytical review of the effectiveness of school-based bullying prevention programs in twelve countries. Their insights into the effectiveness of these interventions show that the effectiveness of school-based interventions for bullying perpetration and victimization varies depending on location. Understanding this can help educators create and implement more context-specific solutions on the front lines.

A Meta-analytic Review of School-Based Anti-bullying Programs with a Parent Component

This third paper in this inaugural issue by Yuanhong Huang MA, Prof. Dorothy L. Espelage, Dr. Joshua R. Polanin, and Dr. Jun Sung Hong provide a meta-analysis of prevention programs that include a parental component. Their results show a modest but significant positive difference when parents are involved, highlighting the need for those who design prevention programs to include a meaningful focus on equipping and empowering the family to share the load when reaching and teaching youth.

Friendly Schools Universal Bullying Prevention Intervention: Effectiveness with Secondary School Students

This fourth paper by Prof. Donna Cross, Dr. Kevin C. Runions, Dr. Therese Shaw, Dr. Janice WY Wong, Prof. Marilyn Campbell, Dr. Natasha Pearce, Prof. Sharyn Burns, Dr. Leanne Lester, Dr. Amy Barnes and Prof. Ken Resnicow reports on the implementation of the Friendly Schools intervention in secondary-level schools. Their study showed a significant decrease in reported bullying and a significant reduction in bullying victimization and cybervictimization when the student-centric curriculum was delivered by endogenous providers (e.g., school staff and the educational publisher) within naturalistic conditions.

Coaching Teachers to Detect, Prevent, and Respond to Bullying Using Mixed Reality Simulation: An Efficacy Study in Middle Schools

In this fifth paper by Dr. Elise Pas, Dr. Tracy E. Waasdrop and Prof. Catherine Bradshaw, a mixed-reality simulation set up to allow teachers to practice identifying, preventing, and responding to classroom bullying was examined. This effort was informed by the knowledge that educators who receive regular and specific coaching supports are more successful in their classroom management goals (in this case, addressing student-based aggression).

Addressing Specific Forms of Bullying: A Large-Scale Evaluation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

In this sixth paper, Prof. Susan Limber, Prof. Dan Olweus and Dr. Kyrre Breivik, sought to evaluate the effectiveness of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) in reducing verbal bullying, physical bullying, and indirect/relational bullying, as well as cyberbullying and bullying using words or gestures with a sexual meaning. The findings of this longitudinal study involving over 30,000 students in grades 3-11 indicate that the program is broadly useful, with stronger effects shown in schools where implementation has occurred over a longer period of time.

Again, all of these are free for you to download right now from the links above. We hope they inform your specific work, whether you are an academic or a practitioner. I won’t be highlighting pieces from every issue in the future (issues come out four times a year, as mentioned), but stay connected to us and we’ll keep you updated. Plus, to learn about absolutely everything that comes out from the International Journal of Bullying Prevention, follow it on Twitter and Facebook!

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