Educational or Curriculum

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

Initiative Description: Certified Olweus trainers from PSR taught the Olweus model to representatives from each school. Trained staff returned to their schools to train their teaching and non-teaching colleagues to implement the program. The program starts with a needs assessment to identify prevalence, types, areas, and attitudes related to bullying. A coordinating committee, comprised of teaching and non-teaching staff and community members, uses the needs assessment data to develop school-specific implementation plans using the strategic BPP model. The BPP model outlines school, class and individual level interventions with flexibility for cultural and developmental tailoring. Core components of the program are rules against bullying, a bullying awareness day, improving supervision, parent involvement, class councils, a working system of positive and negative consequences and individual interventions.

Study Results: Bullying incident density decreased by 45 percent to 36 incidents per 100 student hours.

Reference: Black, S. A., & Jackson, E. (2007). Using bullying incident density to evaluate the Olweus\ Bullying Prevention Program. School Psychology International, 28(5), 623–638.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good