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Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631192411
ISBN-10: 0631192417
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"The problem of school bullying is one of growing dimensions and is of tremendous concern to teachers, parents, and many of the children themselves. Professor Olweus is without question the world's leading authority on the topic. His book is a succinct yet accurate and thorough statement of the problem and what educators and parents can do to alleviate it. It will be invaluable to its intended readership." Professor David G. Perry, Florida Atlantic University.

"Olweus's book provides evidence that his programme of intervention has encouraging results where it has been applied, leading to significant and sustained reductions in direct and indirect bullying. This should encourage schools and authorities to study the method described and the valuable suggestions made. There is a useful and wide-ranging reference list of works on bullying and aggression." Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health

"Dr Olweus' program, which is in place at 42 Norwegian schools, is the first program against bully/victim problems to be scrutinized by scientific research... The program has been so successful that it is now being set up in several other countries including the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and the United States. For Dr Olweus... has studied the problem of bullying for 20 years... Dr Olweus' intervention program is described in detail in his book Bullying at School." Pediatric News

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Bullying at School is the definitive book on bully/victim problems in school and on effective ways of counteracting and preventing such problems. On the basis of the author's large-scale studies and other research, it is known that bullying is a serious problem in all societies that have been studied so far, and that more than 15 percent of the school population in primary and secondary/junior high schools are involved, either as bullies or victims.

The facts about bullying, its causes and consequences, are presented in clear and straightforward language. The book is a milestone in the study of bullying at school in that it offers a scientifically evaluated intervention program. The results of this extensive research are remarkable:

  • a reduction of bully/victim problems by 50 percent or more
  • a considerable drop in antisocial behavior such as vandalism, theft, drunkenness, and truancy
  • clear improvements in the "social climate" of the classroom and student satisfaction with school life.


The book gives practical advice to school principals, teachers, and parents on how to implement a "whole school approach to bullying," and contains a valuable guide to help teachers and parents recognize if a child is being victimized or bullies others. Bullying at School is essential reading for all who are involved with children and young people.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 8, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631192417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631192411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This clear, brief, and practical book is based on extensive research and outlines an intervention to prevent bullying. Dr. Olweus's work has become the standard approach to bullying prevention, reflected in such programs as the University of Colorado "Blueprints for Violence Prevention" project ... As a counselor and trainer specializing in bullying prevention, I find this book indispensable, and recommend it highly.
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I was elected to my local board of education and we recently received a credible complaint from a parent that harassment of her son was being overlooked by school administrators. Accordingly, I felt obliged to read up on the issue of bullying. This book sets forth both the problem and the recommended solutions. Prof. Olweus is Norwegian and his studies primarily involve Scandinavian schools. Accordingly, questions came to my mind such as "Is Norway a more homogenious society than the United States? If so, are there any differences in both the problem and the solutions in a more ethnically heterogeneous society?" I don't know the answers but, the reader should keep these issues in mind when reading this book.
Prof. Olweus describes the problem and he sets forth well organized solutions to the problem which require involvement of teachers, administrators and parents, and further require communication with all students, even those who are neither bullies nor victims. The one problem I have with the book is that there are very few case histories and specific examples given. The book proposes solutions but does not provide a case history in which the specific solution was successfully applied to the problem at hand. Reliable data and sound recommendations are important but a few specific examples of how these recommendations worked would be helpful. For example, Olweus recommends that parents of a bully apply sanctions if the bullying behavior does not improve. He states, "The consequence should be associated with some degree of discomfort or unpleasantness, but corporal punishment must not be used." OK, fine; but what are specific examples of "discomfor or unpleasantness?" Where are the case histories giving examples? Without these, the book does not provide as fulfilling reading as it otherwise might. This book is well worth reading and I recommend it with the reservations expressed above.
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I used this book as part of my master's thesis on analyzing bullying policies in schools. I based my study design around Dr. Olweus' definition of bullying since he a leading expert in the field. This book is a great read for anyone interested in learning more about bullying and what to do about it. Whether your kid is being bullied or is a bully him or herself, it's worth a read. Olweus' research has been conducted primarily in Europe, though they still remain relevant when discussing bullying in the US. It's just important to work with your kid's school to try and implement some of the techniques he suggests.
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Finally had a junior student "come clean" that they had been bullied since in kindergarten! It shocked me and disappointed me that I had not seen the indicators. Olweus spells out the bullying circle and that not only the victim but the bully as well are harmed by this pervasive human behavior. Culture, socio-economic class, rural, urban, public or private bullying happens around the world.

Perhaps the most shocking; most bullying occurs inside the walls of our schools! It is like shooting fish in a barrel for a bully. It is not just part of growing up. It is a pernicious, hateful behavior that can only be stopped with awareness on the part of educators, school systems and state departments of education.

The research is somewhat dated but still has relevance in today's world!
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I have not read this book but I certainly plan to. In the late 1980s, i.e. before the publication date of this book, I read another book, "Aggression in the Schools: Bullies and Whipping Boys" and a number of articles on bullying, all written by Dan Olweus. I had been searching for literature about bullying, and each and every path lead to Dan Olweus.

Bullying has been around for centuries or longer, and we all have seen it, and most of us recognize it when we see it. But nobody had written about the process of bullying, what constitutes bullying and what sets it apart from other forms of abusive or aggressive interpersonal behavior, until in the !970s Dan Olweus for the first time described and defined the essence of bullying, with the triangular interrelationship between the prototypical "bullies", "victims", and "bystanders". From early on Olweus had emphasized the equal importance of identifying, understanding, reforming and training the victims and the bystanders, and not just bullies themselves. In his interventional studies he was able to further confirm his observational data and the hypotheses and theoretical framework derived from them. Olweus was the first person to systematically develop and implement anti-bullying programs (in Norway).

Mr. Olweus asked the important (nowadays seemingly obvious) questions: What predestines or causes a child to become a bully (or a victim or a bystander), and what kind of adults are bullies, victims and bystanders - untreated and treated - apt to become?
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