247360 Moving Bullying Prevention into Secondary Settings

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:15 AM

Matthew G. Masiello, MD, MPH , The Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Windber Research Institute, Windber, PA
Charvonne Holliday, MPH , Windber Research Institute, Windber, PA
Shiryl Barto, MED , The Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Windber Research Institute, Windber, PA
Introduction: School-based bullying is the most prevalent form of violence in the United States, involving 20-30% of students, daily. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), based in Norway, is an effective, evidence-based intervention originally researched and designed for implementation through tenth grade. However, the American school system includes 11th and 12th grade. Thus, the purpose of this pilot is to gauge the adaptability of OBPP in high schools. Methods: 8,016 students in grades nine through 12, from 39 school buildings throughout Pennsylvania, were surveyed before implementation of OBPP and one and two years after program implementation. Participants were asked to report their experiences of bullying at school using the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ). Results: After three years of implementation in secondary schools, student reports of being bullied decreased by 9%, while the number of students participating in bullying decreased by 36.54%. Furthermore, the likelihood of teachers to intervene in acts of peer-abuse increased by 20%. These results are consistent with what is often seen in elementary and middle schools when OBPP is implemented Conclusion: Our initial findings indicate that implementation of OBPP is effective at the secondary level and reliable, based on our experiences with primary schools.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the significance of bullying prevention programming in all school buildings 2. List challenges and successes associated with implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in High Schools

Keywords: Youth Violence, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I coordinate bullying prevention activities at the Windber Research Institute as well as oversee other research programs. I am a trained public health professional.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.