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Bullying in schools--Iowa; Bullying in schools; Iowa; Academic theses;


This review examines research on bullying. Bullying is defined, along with the various roles filled by children, including bully, assistant, reinforcer, defender, outsider, or victim. The outcomes for participants and the systems in which they interact are cause for action. Bullying usually occurs in the school setting, making it an appropriate environment for intervention. Components of successful programs are discussed, specifically, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS), and Bully Busters, highlighting the successes associated with them and the importance of the teacher's role, along with increasing awareness in the school, organizational strategies, and rewards and consequences for students. A study is described which examines the content of bullying policies in Iowa school districts. Finally, recommendations are made for further research regarding bullying policies and their impact on school efforts to curb harassment. Also, recommendations are made for further research in culture specific aspects of bullying within the United States, cyberbullying, effective programming for high schools, and the role of bully/victims.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Kerri Clopton


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