Bullying and Violence Prevention Resources

This section of the site provides quick access to case studies and helpful on-line social marketing resources for bullying and violence prevention. We welcome suggestions for additional case studies and resources

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May 6, 2021  Two New Topic Resources on Bullying and Violence, One New Case Study on Sexual Violence
We have recently added two new Topic Resources. One is a database of what works in justice-related programs and practices. The other looks at trends in the rates of school bullying in the USA. Access them both using the right hand column below. We've also posted a case study of a Californian program to reduce sexual violence among middle school students - see the left hand column. We are still short of good bullying and violence prevention case studies with measured impacts. If you have or know of other successful programs or approaches, please let us know.
Reduce Air Pollution to Reduce Bullying?
A relatively new study has found evidence of an association between short-term exposure to ambient PM2.5 and the exacerbation of psychiatric disorders (e.g. anxiety and suicidal thoughts) in children as indicated by increases in psychiatric ED visits. Another Another new study also found that breathing polluted air is linked to aggressive behaviour and asaults in adults. It estimated that that a 10% reduction in daily PM2.5 and ozone could save $1.4 billion in crime costs per year, a previously overlooked cost associated with pollution
 

Most Recent Bullying Prevention Case Studies

It’s About Respect - Reducing Sexual Violence in Washington  HealthSafety

It’s about Respect is a program to prevent sexual violence among middle school students. This case study reports on the program’s initial pilot at one school, compared with a control school.

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The Bullying Prevention Program  HealthSafety

2018 Overview, Pennsylvania USA

The Bullying Prevention Program (BPP) reduced bullying problems in Norwegian schools by up to 50 percent. Actively involving students, school staff, and parents in restructuring their school environment created a safe and learning one, and lessened the number of opportunities and rewards for bullying. BPP has been replicated in American, Canadian, and European schools with positive, although less dramatic results.

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Cure Violence  HealthSafety

Cure Violence shows it can be effective to treat violence using a health approach – i.e. to treat it as a contagion rather than as a problem of bad people. The intervention relies heavily on peer influencers and norm appeals. It has had multiple independent evaluations – all showing large statistically significant reductions in violence.

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Lions-Quest –Skills for Adolescence and Working Towards Peace, Detroit  HealthSafety

The Detroit Public School system significantly reduced violent acts and classroom misconduct in fourteen middle schools. They were part of a two-year research project to evaluate the effectiveness of two Lions-Quest programs, Skills for Adolescence, a life skills program for middle school, and Working Toward Peace, an anger management and conflict resolution program for middle school. Lions-Quest fit easily in the school curriculum and involved the community. Program design made it easy to replicate in other cultures.

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Most Recent Bullying Prevention Resources

The Social Norms Atlas: Understanding global social norms and related concepts  HealthSafety

The Social Norms Atlas is a collective effort led by the Social Norms Learning Collaborative to foster awareness, understanding, and the ability to address a variety of social norms as they relate to development outcomes.

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Youth Mentoring as a Viable Crime Prevention Strategy: Evidence and Ontario policy, with reflections from some mentors  Safety

Youth mentoring can be a cost-effective way to reduce the likelihood of offending. Best practices include: outreach to vulnerable youth, involving parents, screening and training mentors, matching mentors and mentees based on background, having mentoring connected to a larger strategy, following a developmental approach, and developing standards for implementation.

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Program Impact Attribution  EnvironmentHealthSafety

This document provides a brief summary of options for assessing what portion of any measured behavior changes resulted from your program and what portion resulted from other influences. These options can also be used to attribute the affects of your program on a wide range of related variables such as resources used, pollutants released, accident rates and health status.

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Impact of Comics vs Photographs on Knowledge, Attitude and Behavioural Intentions  EnvironmentHealthSafety

This 2017 study compares two modes of visually presenting information  - one using photographs and the other using cartoons - on audience's knowledge, attitudes and behavioural intentions.

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Gun Policy Analysis  Safety

Rand Corporation reviewed thousands of studies to identify all available evidence for the effects of 13 gun policies in the USA on eight outcomes. Updated regularly.

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Community Guide, The (Guide to Community Preventive Services)  HealthSafety

Evidence-based interventions for public health. Includes sections on alcohol, motor vehicles, physical activity, tobacco, cancer, nutrition, pregnancy, vaccines, diabetes, obesity, sexual behavior, violence, mental health, oral health, social environment and workplace.

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Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development  Safety

This is a registry of scientifically proven and scalable interventions that prevent or reduce the likelihood of antisocial behavior and promote a healthy course of youth development and adult maturity.

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CDC Division of Violence Prevention  Safety

Contains links to Data Sources and sections on Prevention Strategies, Research and Resources for each of the following topics: Adverse Childhood Experiences; Child Abuse and Neglect; Child Sexual Abuse; Elder Abuse; Intimate Partner Violence; Sexual Violence; and Youth Violence (including bullying)

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Changing Climates of Conflict: A social network experiment in 56 schools  Safety

This 2016 study with 56 schools (some acting as controls) demonstrates the power of peer influence for changing climates of conflict and suggests which students to involve in those efforts. By engaging a small set of students to take a public stance against typical forms of conflict at their school, the intervention reduced overall levels of conflict by an estimated 30%.

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Child Trends: Research to improve children’s lives  HealthSafety

Child Trends is a leading American research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth, especially those who are most vulnerable. Their website includes research briefs on: Child welfare, Early childhood, ECDC, Education, Families and parenting, Health, Juvenile justice, Poverty and inequality, Race equity, School health, Social and emotional development, Teen pregnancy and reproductive health, Trauma, and Youth development. The website is also home to the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC), which helps coordinate inter-state data on childhood, and provides tools and resources to encourage data-driven state policy changes.

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Community Toolbox  EnvironmentHealthSafety

Includes many annotated links to other web-based resources supporting social marketing and social change

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CrimeSolutions  Safety

CrimeSolutions is intended to be a central, reliable resource to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. Its purpose is to assist in practical decision making and program implementation by gathering information on specific justice-related programs and practices and reviewing the existing evaluation and meta-analysis research against standard criteria.

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Effectiveness of School-Based Bullying Prevention Programs: A systematic review  Safety

Of the 32 articles in this 2014 review, 17 assess both bullying and victimization, 10 assess victimization only, and 5 assess bullying only. Of the 22 studies examining bullying perpetration, 11 (50%) observed significant effects; of the 27 studies examining bullying victimization, 18 (67%) reported significant effects.

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EPPI-Centre  EnvironmentHealthSafety

Contains reviews of research evidence on interventions related to active transportation (walking and cycling), rod safety, physical activity, heart health (cardiovascular disease), HIV / AIDS, nutrition, obesity, tobacco (smoking), conflict resolution, crime, education, and employment.

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Health-Evidence.ca  EnvironmentHealthSafety

A free, searchable online registry of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions. The content has been quality rated. Bilingual (English and French).

Topics include: AIDS, environmental health, fitness, injury prevention, nutrition, safety, cycling, walking, water quality

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